At the end of the screening, Dr. Neufeld revealed some wonderful news: The Bonestell Lunar Mural, formerly at the Museum of Science in Boston, is now being restored by the Smithsonian for eventual public display in 2022. This would be the first time it's seen by the public in 46 years.
How did he know?
Museum of Flight
August 25, 2019
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.
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?
On April 2nd, "Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future" screened at the world-renowned Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. This was the first time our film was projected in IMAX, and what an amazing thing to see it on the biggest of the big screens! It was a supreme honor to have presented our documentary there, especially with Co-Producers Ron Miller and Melvin Schuetz alongside Douglass Stewart. We am most grateful to Dr. Michael Neufeld, a Senior Curator in the Space History Department, for his help in making this event possible.
Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future depicts much of the history of man's efforts to conquer space, and what better place to show it than at the Smithsonian? Right outside the theater, one could see so many of the satellites, rockets and Apollo Moon Mission vehicles that appear in the film! The Smithsonian also has numerous Bonestell paintings and illustrations in their collection.
(L to R) Douglass M. Stewart, Jr., Melvin Schuetz, Dr. Michael Neufeld, and Ron Miller at the Q&A for "Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future"
Chesley Bonestell Screens at the
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
October 29, 2019
Kansas City, MO
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.
North Park Theatre
Sept. 14-15, 2019
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"There isn't an artist who's painting today, in the science fiction fantasy field, who didn't start with Chesley Bonestell."
- Ray Bradbury