How did he know?

Dr. Shore moderates a Q&A after the screening. Photograph by David Prosper​

Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future is a feature-length documentary on the life, works, and influence of Chesley Bonestell (1888-1986).

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.

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.​

The Filoli Estate:

Mar 24, 2019

Woodside, CA

Columbus College of Art and Design:

Feb 21, 2019

Columbus, OH

Boston Science Fiction Film Festival

Feb 8-18, 2019

Somerville, MA

​​​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?

Photograph by Robert E. David

​​​​Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future screened at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's 130th Annual Conference. Hosted by ASP's Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Linda Shore, the screening also featured a unique guest panel that included two participants from the film: author and space artist David Aguilar and Robert E. David, longtime photographer for the Golden Gate Bridge Authority.

"Chesley Bonestell" visits the Astronomical Society of the Pacific