Who was this man?

Long before satellites would journey to planets and deep-space telescopes would photograph distant galaxies, there was an artist whose dazzling visions of planets and stars would capture the imagination of all who beheld them. Before that, he was an architect working on projects like the Chrysler Building and the Golden Gate Bridge. He would later become a matte painter in Hollywood working on films like “Citizen Kane” and “Destination Moon”. Who was this remarkable man? His name was Chesley Bonestell.

(L to R): Tim Branning, Kristina Hays, Douglass Stewart and Robert Friend discuss the film “Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future” in the post-screening Q&A.

Boston Science Fiction Film Festival

Feb 8-18, 2019

Somerville, MA

The Filoli Estate

Mar 24, 2019

Woodside, CA

Long before satellites would journey to planets and deep-space telescopes would photograph distant galaxies, there was an artist whose prescient vistas dazzled the eyes and the imagination of all who beheld them. His name was Chesley Bonestell. How could Chesley Bonestell see so far in the future?

The Roxie Theater:

WORLD THEATRICAL PREMIERE

Feb 22-23, 2019

San Francisco, CA

Cleveland Cinematheque:

Feb 17, 2019

Cleveland, OH

(L to R) Tim Branning, Kristina Hays, Douglass Stewart with AIAA LA/LV Events Chair Ken Lui and Section Chair Robert Friend

Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future is a feature-length documentary on the life, works, and influence of Chesley Bonestell (1888-1986).

​​​Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future

premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival in Newport Beach, California on May 1st, 2018.​​ It was honored with the Audience Award for the category of Art, Architecture and Design!​ It also screened at the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival on July 20th, winning the award of "Best Documentary."


Many thanks to all those who attended and voted at the screenings. 

Please select the "PARTICIPANTS" tab at the top of this page for a list of distinguished individuals who are a part of the production team, providing either important background research or on-camera interviews.

To see a preview of the film, go to the "TRAILER" tab at the top of this page.

You can also check out our "BLOG" for the story behind the film.​


To find out where you can see the film, visit the "SCREENINGS" tab for more information. 

Columbus College of Art and Design:

Feb 21, 2019

Columbus, OH

​​​​The campus of California State University at Long Beach (CSULB) was the site of a special showing hosted by the​ American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Los Angeles-Las Vegas Section (AIAA). On hand was the film’s Producer/Writer/Director Douglass M. Stewart, Jr. along with some of his key crew members: Co-Editor Kristina Hays and Principal Director of Photography, Timothy Branning, a CSULB graduate himself. Moderating the event was AIAA’s Section Chair, Robert (Bob) Friend, Chief Engineer at Boeing Phantom Works Space Systems.

How did he know?