Catching the Sun

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Catching the Sun asks the hard questions of how a clean energy economy may actually be built, through the stories of unemployed workers seeking to retool at a solar jobs training program in Richmond, California. The film tells the story of environmental transformation from the perspective of workers who may build a solution with their own hands, and their challenges speak to one of the biggest questions of our time: Will America be able to build a clean energy economy?




Shalini Kantayya holding a camera with an extended arm and looking directly at the camera. She wears a white tank top and a necklace, with dark hair pulled up in a bun. Portrait in black & white.Shalini Kantayya finished in the top 10 out of 12,000 filmmakers on Fox’s ON THE LOT, a show by Steven Spielberg in search of Hollywood’s next great director.  Her sci-fi short, a DROP of LIFE, won Best Short at Palm Beach International, and was broadcast on national television in the U.S. and India.   A William D. Fulbright Scholar, Shalini has received recognition from IFP Spotlight on Documentary, Jerome Hill Centennial, and New York Women in Film and Television. She is a Sundance Fellow, a TED Fellow, and was a finalist for the ABC | Disney Directing Program.




The film has received support from the Sundance Documentary Fund, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and was featured in Independent Film Week’s 2013 Spotlight on Documentary and the Sundance Creative Producing Lab.