How did he know?

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WORLDCON76: 

August 17 & 20, 2018.

San Jose, CA

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​​​​Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future received the Best Documentary award at the 2018 Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival!

CCI-IFF judges join Co-Editor Kristina Hays and Producer Douglass M. Stewart Jr. On the left is Chase Masterson (Actress, Star Trek: DS9). On the right are Robin Richesson (Costume Illustrator, Iron Man) and Jessica Tseang (Co-Host, The Kaiju Kingdom Podcast).

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.

Astronomical Society of the Pacific Fundraiser:

September 11, 2018

San Francisco, CA

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​​​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!​ 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?

Very special guest Douglas Trumbull (right) discusses the influence Chesley Bonestell had on him with Co-Producer Melvin Schuetz (center) and Douglass M. Stewart Jr. (left) following the screening of the film on Friday, July 20th.