Mount Diablo Astronomical Society

April 23, 2019

Walnut Creek, CA

How did he know?

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

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.

Wings Over the Rockies Museum

July 18, 2019

Denver, CO

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. 

George R. R. Martin's​ Jean Cocteau Theater

April 27-28, 2019

Santa Fe, NM

​​​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." It also won "Best Documentary" at the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival on Februrary 16th, 2019. 

Lincoln County Community Theater

April 26, 2019

Damariscotta, ME

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?

Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future will screen at George R. R. Martin's Jean Cocteau Cinema on April 27-28.


Following both April screenings, a very special audience Q&A will take place with Producer/Director/Writer Douglass M. Stewart, Jr. and one of the film's Co-Producers, Melvin Schuetz who is also a Bonestell historian and author of “A Chesley Bonestell Space Art Chronology.” Mr. Schuetz, along with renowned space artist and author of more than fifty books about art, science and space, co-producer Ron Miller, collaborated with Frederick C. Durant III to produce the Hugo Award-winning book, “The Art of Chesley Bonestell.” The Jean Cocteau Cinema will also be featuring an impressive mini-exhibition of Mr. Miller's space art in their lobby/gallery area for both screening events.

Jean Cocteau Cinema
418 Montezuma Ave
Santa Fe NM 87501

For ticket information, click here.

Chesley Bonestell to screen at George R. R. Martin's Jean Cocteau Cinema