How did he know?

Cleveland Cinematheque

June 7, 2019

Cleveland, OH

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.

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.

Laemmle Theaters

June 15-16, 2019

Pasadena/West L.A./Pasadena/Encino, CA

Museum of Flight

August 25, 2019

Seattle, WA

​​​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 February 16th, 2019. 

International Space Development Conference

June 8, 2019

Arlington, VA

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?

Ron Robinson Theater

July 26, 2019

Little Rock, AR

On Tuesday, April 23rd, Doug Stewart and Rocco Lardiere, a rocket engineer and a participant in the film, traveled to Walnut Creek, CA to present Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future to the Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society. The response to the film was best summed up by MDAS Program Chairperson Dick Flasck:


"History is filled with forgotten masters and unsung visionaries who took a road less traveled. Chesley Bonestell was one such exceptional pioneer. His unconventional and breathtaking accomplishments in space art and architecture have inspired generations, but his name and his story are all but lost in today’s world. The documentary Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future brings his artistic genius and pragmatic tenacity back to life. This multidimensional film is an artfully executed tribute to the man and his extraordinary legacy. The film was enthusiastically enjoyed by over 100 members of the Mount Diablo Astronomical Society, and we thank Doug and Rocco for making this special presentation to our organization."

Chesley Bonestell Screens at Mt. Diablo