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?

Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

April 2, 2019

Washington, D.C.

​​​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. 

Sonoma International Film Festival

Mar 28 and 30, 2019

Sonoma, CA

Mount Diablo Astronomical Society

April 23, 2019

Walnut Creek, CA

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, May 1-2, 2019

Santa Fe, NM

Chesley Bonestell to screen at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

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

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).

Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future will screen at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. as a part of their ongoing celebration of the Apollo Program!

Following the screening, a Q&A will take place with Producer/Director/Writer Douglass M. Stewart, Jr. Joining him will be Co-Producers Ron Miller, renowned space artist and author of more than fifty books about art, science and space, and Melvin Schuetz, Bonestell historian and author of A Chesley Bonestell Space Art Chronology. Dr. Michael Neufeld, Senior Curator of the Space History Department at the Smithsonian, will moderate the Q&A.

The film will screen on Tuesday, April 2nd from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM at the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater.

Theater Address:
600 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20597


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The Filoli Estate

Mar 24, 2019

Woodside, CA