Filmmaker Paul Devlin followed his astrophysicist brother Mark's team for 5 years, as they attempted flights of the Balloon-borne, Large-Aperture, Submillimeter Telescope (BLAST) in the Arctic and Antarctic. Their goal is to collect data from galaxies 13,7 billion lightyears away, thus enabling the observation of the birth of our universe. As we watch their failures and successes, we are also given a short introduction to astrophysics, balloon travel and life as a scientist.
Paul Devlin is a New Jersey native and graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. There he assisted Robert Altman on his film SECRET HONOR and took a screenwriting seminar with Lawrence Kasden. Devlin has worked as director, cinematographer, editor and producer on various documentaries. His most well-known work is POWER TRIP, an award-winning look at globalization and the energy consumption it involves. He has also made SLAM NATION and the fiction film THE EYES OF ST ANTHONY.