CHESLEY BONESTELL: A BRUSH WITH THE FUTURE
In the film, “Chesley Bonestell; A Brush With The Future”, the following distinguished individuals share their perspectives of Chesley’s influence in art, architecture, motion pictures, television and astrophysics.
RON MILLER is a distinguished author, illustrator, and acclaimed space artist. His definitive biography, The Art of Chesley Bonestell won a Hugo Award. His art regularly appears on the covers and pages of Astronomy and Sky & Telescope magazines. Mr. Miller is one of the Co-Producers of Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future.
MELVIN SCHUETZ has been researching the space illustrations of Chesley Bonestell for more than 50 years. He is considered the foremost authority on Bonestell’s artistic legacy. Schuetz’s 1999 book, A Chesley Bonestell Space Art Chronology, is recognized as the definitive bibliography of Bonestell’s published space artworks. Mr. Schuetz is one of the Co-Producers of Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future.
DOUGLAS TRUMBULL is a legendary filmmaker and visual effects pioneer. Mr. Trumbull was one of the special photographic effects supervisors for 2001: A Space Odyssey. He went on to become the visual effects supervisor for such classics as Close Encounters of the Third Kind; Star Trek: The Motion Picture; and Blade Runner.
BEN BURTT is the winner of four Academy Awards. Mr. Burtt created the iconic sound effects heard in Star Wars Episode VI: A New Hope, the voice of “E.T.” in ET: The Extra-Terrestrial, and the sound design for the Indiana Jones film series. His latest credit is for sound design on Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
CRAIG BARRON is an Academy-Award winning visual effects supervisor, lecturer, and film historian. He has contributed to the visual effects on more than 100 films. Mr. Barron is a founding member of the Visual Effects Society and is the author of The Invisible Art: The Legends of Movie Matte Painting.
IRENE EDWARDS - as Editor-In-Chief of Sunset Magazine, Irene oversees the editorial operations of the magazine itself, its website, books, videos and live events that reach more than six million consumers a month. As a teenager Chesley Bonestell provided illustrations as early as 1904 for Sunset, which is now approaching its 120th year of publication.
LUCIANNE WALKOWICZ is an astronomer and an artist. She holds a B.S. in Physics from Johns Hopkins University and an M.S. and Ph. D. from the University of Washington. She was the Kepler Fellow at UC Berkeley and the Henry Norris Russell Fellow at Princeton University before she joined the astronomy department at Adler Planetarium in 2014. She’s also a 2012 TED senior fellow and lecturer.
DAVID A. AGUILAR is a naturalist, astronomer, lecturer and space artist. He appears regularly on The Science Channel and is author and illustrator of seven National Geographic books on astronomy including the recently-published, Cosmic Catastrophes - 7 Ways to Destroy A Planet Like Earth. He was a member of the Hubble Telescope Repair Team. In 2015, he directed the NASA’s New Horizons Mission special media team during the fly-by of Pluto.
RICHARD EDLUND has been honored with four Oscars for the visual effects in Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Return of the Jedi. He’s also produced visual effects for 30-plus movies, including Die Hard, Ghost, Poltergeist 2, Cliffhanger, Batman Returns, Alien 3, Species, Multiplicity, and Air Force One.
RAY BRADBURY was one of America’s most famous fantasy and horror writers of the 20th century. He wrote over 30 books, his most famous ones being Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles and Something Wicked This Way Comes. Through exclusive archival interview footage, Mr. Bradbury discusses Chesley Bonestell and his impact on the world of space art.
CHRISTINA DIKAS is Senior Architectural Historian for Page & Turnbull, San Francisco’s leading architectural firm specializing in historic building preservation. Ms. Dikas has a Masters in architectural history and a certificate in historic preservation from the University of Virginia. Her expertise covers many of San Francisco’s iconic buildings including those on which Chesley Bonestell worked.
DON DAVIS is an acclaimed space artist. As a young man, he sought a meeting with Chesley Bonestell.
Impressed by his work, Bonestell mentored Davis’ early artistic career. Mr. Davis was part of the team of Emmy- winning space artists who provided the visual effects for the PBS series Cosmos, hosted by Carl Sagan. The asteroid “13330 Dondavis” is named after him.
ROCCO LARDIERE purchased the book, The Exploration of Mars, illustrated by Chesley Bonestell, when he was 11 years old. The book’s beautiful paintings inspired him to pursue a career as a rocket engineer. Since then, he’s been a part of the most significant space launches during the last 35 years, including NASA’s Mars Rover programs, the Deep Impact comet mission, and the GPS satellite system.
LYNETTE COOK- A space artist, fine art painter, and co-author of Infinite Worlds: An Illustrated Voyage to Planets Beyond Our Sun, Lynette also has considerable artistic credits in television productions for CNN, PBS, The Learning Channel, BBC Television and many others. Well-known for her exoplanet artwork, Lynette continues to take the public on a visual journey to the far reaches of outer space.
EDWARD JASTER- Senior Vice President of Heritage Auctions, Inc., the largest collectibles auctioneer and the third largest auction house in the world. An expert in acquiring, trading, and selling world-class collections of American photography, illustration art, and vintage comic books, Mr. Jaster brought his vast experience and expertise in collectibles to Heritage Auctions in 2002.
LOUIS SALERNO is the owner of Questroyal Fine Art, a renowned New York gallery dealing exclusively in paintings from the prestigious Hudson River School of American art. These paintings embraced the vast potential of a country that was in the process of identifying itself. In a similar fashion, Chesley Bonestell’s art inspired people to begin the exploration a new frontier: Outer Space.
DR. CATHERINE NEWELL author of The Wheels of Titan: Faith, the Future, and the Final Frontier, a book that focuses on the artists, historians, and scientists who popularized space exploration. Dr. Newell frames the conquest of “The Final Frontier” as a modern legacy of the exploration of the American Old West, with Chesley Bonestell paintings often serving as the inspiration.
ROBERT E. DAVID - architect and photographer. He's served as Design Director and Staff Photographer for the Golden Gate Bridge District for over 30 years. In 1983, he reunited Chesley Bonestell with his original renderings of the Golden Gate Bridge, which were done 50 years earlier.
WYN WACHORST is the award-winning and best-selling author of Dream of Spaceflight and numerous other publications. Mr. Wachhorst was asked by NASA’s Decade Planning Team to write the New NASA Myth, an inspirational long-term mission statement. He also writes speeches and articles for Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
JAMES DALESSANDRO produced the documentary film The Damndest, Finest Ruins chronicling the devastation of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. He’s also the author of 1906, a novel set in San Francisco at the time of the Great Earthquake. Mr. Dalessandro is currently writing and producing a television series on the life of legendary NYPD Detective Joseph Petrosino and has recently written the pilot for The Chosen, a new series created by Stan Lee.
ANNE PAPINEAU is a long-time journalist with The Carmel Pine Cone, a newspaper located in Carmel, California. Anne had the special opportunity to interview Chesley Bonestell at his home in 1984 for an article she was writing about a rare exhibition of Mr. Bonestell's work on display at the Monterey Museum of Art.
BEN HEYWOOD served as Curator for a special exhibition of Chesley Bonestell paintings and artwork called Imagined Futures. This installation was a special showing of "Bonestelliana" sourced from the Paul G. Allen family Foundation Collection and was displayed at the Pivot Art + Culture Museum in Seattle, Washington.
DR. JEFFREY NORRIS is a Computer Scientist currently with Apple. Previously at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he served many years as an innovative leader in human-systems interaction and space mission operations with deep expertise in computer science and visualization.
ROB CUNNINGHAM and AARON KAMBEITZ are, respectively, the Chief Executive and Chief Creative Officers of Blackbird Interactive, a leading developer of gaming software. In conjunction with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Blackbird Interactive developed a virtual simulation of a proposed martian space colony inspired by Chesley Bonestell's art.