Meet Chesley Bonestell, the Most Important Space Artist You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
"If you’ve never heard of Bonestell, you’ll come away from the film wondering why not. And if, like me, you knew something of Bonestell’s life and work, you’ll be astonished to discover how much more you didn’t know...informative, entertaining, and inspiring." - Richard Tresch Fienberg
KPFK Film Club Review
"The documentary Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future, by Douglass M. Stewart Jr., is both remarkable, and fascinating...There are numerous interviews, and the enthusiasm of the participants is infectious, not static at all, with excellent work from the Director, Editor, and Director of Photography."
THE SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN
"Architect of the Interplanetary: 'Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future'"
"Part of its strength lies in its portrayal of Bonestell as a man of lasting influence...it’s hard not to be impressed by the exploits of this near-forgotten polymath. Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future is a fine tribute." - Michael Abatemarco
"From So Bo to L.A. to Worlds Beyond"
"Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future is a perspective on the life and works of one of America’s most influential but unfortunately overlooked and forgotten visionaries. Filled with his mesmerizing art, his designs, and the iconic hallmarks of his legacy, this film explores the vast influence Bonestell had on our culture and our destiny." - Sharon Kinsey
"Comic-Con 2018: Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future"
"When San Diego Comic-Con originally started, it was about meeting the artists and writers behind comics and science fiction and fantasy—people like Chesley Bonestell. So, it's fitting that a documentary about him, Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future, should win the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival's (CCI-IFF) Best Documentary Award." - Jana Monji
"LBIFF '18: Chesley Bonestell - A Brush with the Future"
"Bonestell's art is so significant, there is no need for distracting bells and whistles. Frankly, we'd like to see this film get picked up by American Masters, because it persuasively makes the case that he was one. Enthusiastically recommended." - J.B.
"Big Screen Berkeley: ‘Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With the Future’"
"Bonestell is the subject of a terrific new documentary, Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With the Future. An otherworldly name like ‘Chesley Bonestell’ sounds like it should belong to someone, or something, living in a galaxy far, far away. In reality, it was the name of an extraordinary human who became one of the most visionary graphic artists of the 20th century...this is a lovely tribute to a genuine visionary." - John Seal
Visionary ‘space art’ pioneer Chesley Bonestell celebrated in documentary
"Chesley Bonestell had an almost Zelig-like ability to be there when history was happening — and he made quite a bit of it himself." - G. Allen Johnson
"Postcards from the Future"
"Chesley Bonestell was the rare astronomical artist who lived to see many of the futuristic concepts he illustrated become reality. He was alive when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their first tentative steps on the Moon...One must assume that Bonestell felt tremendous pride in the fact that his art played a significant role in our ongoing reach for the stars."
"I think we can call it a labor of love, fueled by persistence and diligence, but also a deep concern that a beloved artist and architect was being forgotten despite his many deeds and accomplishments."
ARMSTRONG BROWNING LIBRARY
"Documentary Co-Producer Melvin Schuetz Talks ...“Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future”
"Those paintings immediately captured my imagination and filled me with awe. Leafing through them was the equivalent of boarding a passenger spaceship bound for the Moon, the solar system, and worlds beyond. The images did not just portray outer space to me—they carried me there!"
"Chesley Bonestell is little remembered today except by hardcore science fiction fans and those scientists whose dreams of exploring the cosmos were first inspired by Bonestell’s astonishingly accurate representations...Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future aims to introduce Bonestell to contemporary audiences and remind the world of his remarkable accomplishments"
"The film not only captures Bonestell and his space art, but its context of the early decades of the Space Age, now roughly a half-century old."
"More than three decades after his death in 1986, Chesley Bonestell remains one of the most important and influential astronomical artists ever to put paint to canvas."
"A Brush With The Future aims to introduce Bonestell to contemporary audiences and remind the world of his remarkable accomplishments, which include helping get the Golden Gate Bridge built, creating matte paintings for numerous Hollywood films, including Destination Moon and the 1953 War of the Worlds, promoting America’s nascent space program, and more."
"He traveled to Pluto, raised the magnate Charles Foster Kane's mansion for the cinema, inspired the visions of the future of Wernher von Braun and Stanley Kubrick, designed eight eagles who watch Manhattan from the top of the Chrysler building, and in the last stage of his life, in tribute to his ancestors, recreated the Spanish missions of California in their splendor." (translated from Spanish)
CHESLEY BONESTELL : A BRUSH WITH THE FUTURE