North Park Theatre

Sept. 14-15, 2019

Buffalo, NY

Griffith Observatory

November 25, 2019

Los Angeles, 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, "The Father of Space Art" (1888-1986).

Who was this man?

Long before satellites would journey to planets and deep-space telescopes photographed distant galaxies, there was an artist whose dazzling visions of planets and stars would capture the imagination of all who beheld them. With his paintings, he helped inspire America's space program, NASA, and the Apollo 11 moon landing. 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.

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.


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


"There isn't an artist who's painting today, in the science fiction fantasy field, who didn't start with Chesley Bonestell."

- Ray Bradbury​​

Staerkel Planetarium

Oct. 9, 2019

Champaign, IL

​​​​​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!​ A few months later, it was named Best Documentary at the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival. It also won Best Documentary at the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival on February 16th, 2019.

Orange Coast College Planetarium

Oct. 5, 11-12, 18-19

Costa Mesa, 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?

Newport Beach Film Festival

At Sea

Dec 2-14, 2019

South Pacific Ocean

InScience International Science

Film Festival

November 6-10, 2019

Nijmegen, The Netherlands

​​On Sunday, August 25, ​Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future​ was featured on King 5 News in anticipation of its screening at the Museum of Flight that afternoon. Producer/Writer/Director Douglass M. Stewart Jr. discussed the importance of Chesley Bonestell with News Anchor Amity Adrissi. A space enthusiast herself, Adrissi found the subject of Chesley Bonestell fascinating.


"Looking at those photos, what a visionary!" she said. "I mean, it really inspired just so much of our culture. Even down to design of furniture and such...he's almost like a Jules Verne of his own."

Producer/Writer/Director Douglass M. Stewart Jr. with King 5 anchor Amity Adrissi.

"Chesley Bonestell" in the News

MRIGlobal Theatre

October 29, 2019

Kansas City, MO