November 24, 2014

Solar Car Film Wins Award

Solar Car Film Wins Award
May 2, 2012

A few years ago Principia hired filmmaker Nick Mollé to film the College’s solar car team. Little did we know the result—Solar Car: The Secrets of Ra 7—would win a 2011 Silver Telly Award* in the documentary category! Mollé specializes in nature, wildlife, travel, and adventure videos, so venturing “down under” to film Principia’s team in the 2009 World Solar Challenge race across Australia (1,877 miles in all) was a perfect assignment for him.

Two alums played important roles on behalf of the film. Warren Clinton (C’65), a former faculty and staff member and a longtime supporter of the solar car team, recommended Mollé to Principia. And Academy Award-winner Robert Duvall (US’49, C’53) introduces the film.

Along with lots of footage from the actual race, The Secrets of Ra 7 captures on-campus preparations and behind-the-scenes insight into the effort and inspiration that went into Principia’s remarkable seventh place finish. The documentary has aired in more than 70 PBS markets and is available for purchase online through the College bookstore. If you’d like to see the award itself, stop by the College campus, where it will soon be on display outside the President’s Office.

*Founded in 1979, the annual Telly Awards honor outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and Web commercials, videos, and films. The 2011 competition received over 11,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents.