The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. For more information on films playing in the Cinémathèque, please call 773-281-4114. To order advance tickets online, visit the TicketWeb website by clicking here.
"Absorbing" -New York Times
Recommended! "The intelligence on screen thrills rather than bewilders, a tribute to both Devlin brothers" -NewCity Chicago
"You don't have to know much about the big bang theory...to enjoy this look at a group of obsessive, brilliant people pursuing their passion. It's like an extreme-sports doc for science nerds"
"Fast, fun, and beautiful to look at" -Chicago Reader
Welcome to the world of astrophysics, Indiana Jones style!
Five time Emmy winner Paul Devlin (SlamNation, Power Trip) follows the story of his brother, Mark Devlin PhD, as he leads a tenacious team of scientists hoping to figure out how all the galaxies formed by launching a revolutionary new telescope under a NASA high-altitude balloon. Their adventure takes them from Arctic Sweden to Inuit polar bear country in Canada, where catastrophic failure forces the team to try all over again on the desolate ice in Antarctica. No less than the understanding of the evolution and origins of our Universe is at stake on this exciting escapade that seeks to answer humankind's most basic question, How did we get here? BLAST! is about the crazy life of scientists, their professional obsessions, personal and family sacrifices, as well as their philosophical and religious investigations, which produces an emotional resonance to a spectacular and suspenseful story of space exploration. Directed by Paul Devlin, U.S.A., 2008, 78 mins.
Filmmaker Paul Devlin will be here for a Q&A after the 7 & 9 pm screenings on Friday, Sept. 25th.