The world of science fiction has been blessed with the contributions of many great artists as well as writers...and one of the greatest was Chesley Bonestell, the great astronomical artist, whose visions...reached the covers of many science fiction and science magazines in the 50s, 60s and 70s...I’m proud to present a documentary about the life and work of Chesley Bonestell.
- George R. R. Martin
Author, Game of Thrones
I really wanted to see this film, and I thought it was fantastic. As I watched the history of our space program unfold in the film, it was great to see so many old friends again. I knew them all. It took me back to the time when I first read the articles in Collier’s magazine by Cornelius Ryan and Wernher von Braun on venturing out into the Final Frontier. I was a teenager, and Chesley’s illustrations just made it all seem so possible. He deserves some long-overdue credit for inspiring us all to get into space. I am really glad this movie was made.
- Rusty Schweickart
NASA Astronaut, Skylab, Apollo 9
I loved this film. As a kid, I grew up being profoundly inspired by Bonestell’s work, and that led me to go for a career in aerospace. We thought the world couldn’t possibly be as interesting as a Chesley Bonestell piece of art. And it turned out we were wrong. He was right. So much about who we are as an institution - JPL and NASA - is about trying to think about what the future is going to be, And that’s what Chesley Bonestell did for us in terms of inspiring us to be the engineers we’ve become. This film superbly reveals how much of an impact this man has had on the world.
- Robert Manning
Chief Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Chesley was not only a visionary artist, but he led an extraordinary life. The film is amazing!
- Robert Friend
Chief Engineer, Boeing Phantom Works
That documentary should be in every library, every college, every high school, and every township, so that everyone knows Chesley Bonestell. I wish it were longer! I want everybody to know about Chesley and what an extraordinary artist he was!
- Michael Stein
Editor-in-chief and Publisher, Filmfax magazine
I loved the intrinsic relationship of fine art and science that A Brush With The Future provided. Truly inspirational and exciting!
- Quigliey King
19-year-old student at the University of Vermont
I’m proud to have presented the Ohio premiere of Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future at the Cleveland Cinematheque. I enjoyed the film a lot and can wholeheartedly recommend it to fellow film buffs. I also learned a lot. Orson Welles is my favorite director, but until I saw Stewart’s movie, I did not know that Chesley Bonestell created the Xanadu castle for "Citizen Kane!”
- John Ewing
Director, The Cleveland Cinematheque
Judging by the applause and number of folks who came up to me afterward to tell me how much they enjoyed the film, I can certify that we had a success. One young artist friend of mine, whose arm I had twisted to attend, kept scribbling in the notebook he always carries with him...So captivated was he by your film and the life of Bonestell, that he was taking page after page of notes...I think that I counted about 13 pages of meticulous notes and quick sketches that he had made. He told me that the film and Bonestell were both a revelation as well as a new found source of inspiration to him.
- Darrell Heath
Outreach Coordinator, Central Arkansas Astronomical Society
"You've really made a great film! The audience turnout was larger than what we usually get. We're so fortunate to have had the opportunity show it here at the Museum of Flight."
- Cale Wilcox
Public Events Manager, Museum of Flight in Seattle
"This film has been shown at two International Space Development Conferences - the first in Los Angeles in 2018 and then in Washington D.C. in 2019. It's never failed to wow and amaze. It's a nice break for the attendees who like it because of the fascinating connection between Bonestell's art and our space program."
- Aggie Kobrin
Founder & Director, CEC Global Events
"We were honored to have a very special screening of “Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future” as part of our Apollopalooza celebration of the Apollo Lunar Missions. The film was a hit with our audience (and our staff!) There was even a couple from Arizona who drove over 600 miles to see the film. Museum curators and programmers should take note!"
- Matthew Burchette
Curator, Wings Over the Rockies Museum
“It’s a great film, and listeners, if you get a chance to see it, don’t pass it up. I promise you, it’ll probably be the best space-related film you’ve seen in a long long time.”
- Dr. David Livingston, from The Space Show ®
Founder and Host, The Space Show ®
From the average student to George R. R. Martin, Chesley Bonestell has a wide appeal. Read some of the comments from those who have seen the film or hosted it at their venue.