How did he know?

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.

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

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.

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


​​​"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!

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?