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Documentary Film Screening

Bonestell Documentary

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific
invites you to a
Special Documentary Film Screening

Chesley Bonestell:
A Brush with the Future

Special Guest Host:
Filmmaker Douglass M. Stewart, Jr.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
8:00 pm

DoubleTree by Hilton, 1 DoubleTree Drive,
Rohnert Park, CA

Ticket Donation Price: $20
All proceeds support the ASP education
and outreach programs



About the Film plus View the Trailer

Bonestell Documentary
View Movie Trailer
Best Documentary
2018 Comic-Con
International Independent Film Festival

Join us at the ASP’s 130th Annual Meeting for a special film screening of Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future, fresh off its debut at the Newport Beach Film Festival, where it sold out and won the Audience Award for Art, Architecture + Design. Recent showings include the International Space Development Conference, Comic-Con International Film Festival, and Worldcon76.

The film celebrates Bonestell’s artistry with those who were influenced by or knew Chesley personally, and is punctuated with a rare interview with Chesley himself. This documentary chronicles the extraordinary life of a quiet, artistic visionary, whose beautiful paintings continue to inspire us to reach for the stars.

Meet Guest Host and Filmmaker Douglass M. Stewart Jr. after the showing for a short Q&A about making the film.



About Artist and Architect, Chesley Bonestell:

Chesley Bonestell
Image Credit: Robert E. David 1983

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. The Chrysler Building, the Golden Gate Bridge, the film Destination Moon, and America’s space program were each touched by the creative vision of a forgotten artist named Chesley Bonestell (1888-1986). 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.

Saturn As Seen From Titan
Saturn As Seen From Titan

Bonestell’s first published space painting, Saturn As Seen From Titan, ran in the May 29, 1944 issue of “Life” magazine and became known as “the painting that launched a thousand careers.”


About Producer/Director/Writer, Douglass M. Stewart, Jr.

Douglass M. Stewart, Jr.

Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future is a tribute and labor of love by filmmaker Douglass M. Stewart Jr., who had a deep concern that Bonestell would be forgotten for his accomplishments and inspiration to artists, scientists, engineers and astronauts. About his inspiration to make the film, Stewart says, “What I hope it will do is what his paintings have done, which is to inspire people to develop an appreciation for all the stars and planets and our journey as space explorers. My feeling is that the history of the U.S. space program has to be incorporated in the history of Chesley Bonestell because he was a part of it from the beginning. He’s a forgotten part of American history and a very important one, in many fields, in architecture and the arts and filmmaking, and in the exploration of space.”

Doug Stewart with
Artist Lynette Cook and
Cook’s art at location shot
at the offices of the ASP

Director Douglass M. Stewart Jr. has a long history of providing tribute films for the Academy Awards, the Emmy Awards, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the ASC Awards, and the Television Hall of Fame. He produced a six-part tribute to President William Clinton for his 50th birthday celebration.


If you are not located near the event, or you aren’t able to attend due to a conflicting schedule, we invite you to donate to the ASP with our quick link. All proceeds from the film or from your direct donation support the programs of the ASP in our efforts to advance science literacy through astronomy.