The Filmmakers

A Moment in the Sun is Directed and Produced by award winning filmmakers Leslie Ortabasi and Oktay Ortabasi. The primary focus of their documentary work is on wildlife, environment and sustainability. Their past projects include On The Wings of the Monarch, Backyard Bugs, Connections to the Land and In Search of the Pantanal. Oktay recently completed cinematography on Scott Saunder’s epic feature documentary The Nature Makers. Films they have made have played at these notable film festivals: Santa Barbara IFF, Sonoma IFF, Palm Springs IFF, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, BendFilm Festival, Newport Beach IFF, Boston Sci-Fi FF, Dances with Films.

“I was lucky enough to have witnessed the Solar Tandem’s win at the Solar World Championships in 1986. In fact I was a helper on the team. As a 13-year-old, I used my super 8 film camera to capture the event. At the time, I didn’t realize what my father was trying to do with the Solar Tandem. As a boy watching the team on their various adventures, I felt like it was just a way to bring public awareness to solar energy. Over the years I have come to understand that my father was imagining something entirely different; a world where human power and solar power could exist in harmony, in a direct and symbiotic way. In a very pragmatic sense, he thought people would benefit from the exercise and that solar energy would reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Today, the Solar Tandem tends to evoke the same reaction it did 30 plus years ago: It is at once preposterously impractical, but on the other hand, it could be a plausible, out of the box, efficient solution to sustainability.”

– Oktay Ortabasi

Here is a link to more information and the filmmakers production company The Dreaming Tree.