I shared a vagrant optimism that some of us were making real progress, that we had taken an honest road, and that the best of us would inevitably make it over the top. At the same time, I felt that the life we were leading was a lost cause, that we were all actors, kidding ourselves on a senseless odyssey. It was the tension between those two poles -- a restless idealism on one hand and a sense of impending doom on the other -- that kept me going.
Penny Lane was fascinated by the journey of the Voyager probes, as they carried inside of them gold records full of binary-coded human culture to the farthest reaches of our solar system, and beyond. It occurred to her that those gold records represented a love story - not of mankind, but of Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan, who met and fell in love while assembling these time capsules of our species.
Penny made this short film as a love note to her husband on their wedding day, using the journey of these spacecraft and the love story of Carl and Ann as a way to express her joy and wonder on that day:
“Thousands of millions of years from now, long after our Sun burns the Earth into nothing, the Voyagers will still be out there, rushing at incredible speeds, into an incredible unknown, seeking. The Voyagers were only built to last two years, but they surprised everyone.