Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future

Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  96 min.
Release year:  2019

Current rating: Rating: 5.00
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Cast: Chesley Bonestell, Ray Bradbury, Douglas Trumbull, David Aguilar, Ben Burtt, Craig Barron, Richard Edlund, Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz


What do the Chrysler Building, the Golden Gate Bridge, the film Destination Moon and America's space program all have in common? They were each touched by the creative vision of a forgotten artist named Chesley Bonestell (1888-1986).

Chesley Bonestell’s mesmerizing depiction of "Saturn As Seen From Titan" became known as "the painting that launched a thousand careers." Told by the many people who were influenced by Chesley Bonestell or knew him personally and punctuated with rare interview footage of the artist himself, the documentary compellingly chronicles the life of a quiet, artistic visionary, whose architecture and space art continue to inspire us to reach for the stars.

“There isn't an artist that's painting today in the science fiction fantasy field who didn't start with Chesley Bonestell,” says legendary science fiction author Ray Bradbury in the first film ever made about the man dubbed “The Father of Space Art.”

Director: Douglass M. Stewart Jr.
Studio: DMS Production Services, Inc.
Producer(s): Douglass M. Stewart Jr.
Screenplay: Douglass M. Stewart Jr.
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  • 5 stars "I saw this movie with family members when it played at the Edward's Cinema during the Newport Beach Film Festival last year. Bonestell was amazing and we all loved this film. For sure I'll be telling friends it's coming to the Bay area."
  • 5 stars "A wonderful portrayal of a nearly forgotten artist - he inspired so many to explore the cosmos."