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.
University of California, Riverside:
November 3, 2018
(From L to R) Rocco Lardiere (a film participant), science fiction author Gregory Benford,
filmmaker Douglass Stewart, co-editor Kristina Hays, and Robert E. David (a film participant)
Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future is a feature-length documentary on the life, works, and influence of Chesley Bonestell (1888-1986).
The Waco Hippodrome:
October 29, 2018
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.
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Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future screened at Worldcon76 on August 17th and 20th, 2018. Worldcon is an annual convention, for science fiction authors, their readers and space buffs. We were honored to screen our film there this year!
Astronomical Society of the Pacific Fundraiser:
September 11, 2018
Rohnert Park, CA
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."
Many thanks to all those who attended and voted at the screenings.
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" screens at Worldcon76