Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With the Future

Directed by: Douglass M. Stewart, Jr.

2018 | USA

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Saturday, November 3, 2018, 6pm

Screening and Q&A

Saturday, November 3, 2018, 7:00pm - 9:30pm


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). His mesmerizing depiction of "Saturn As Seen From Titan" became known as "the painting that launched a thousand careers." Told by the people who were influenced by or knew Chesley personally, and punctuated with rare interview footage of Chesley himself, this documentary chronicles the extraordinary, nine-decade life of a quiet, artistic visionary, whose beautiful paintings continue to inspire us to reach for the stars.

“I didn’t know what other worlds looked like until I saw Bonestell’s paintings of the solar system.” – Carl Sagan

The film will be introduced by the filmmaker’s son, Kyle Stewart (UCR Engineering ’13)

Following the screening, there will be a Q&A session with Douglass M. Stewart Jr, as well as Rocco Lardiere, who appears in the film. Mr. Lardiere has been on the rocket launch teams for over 200 space missions, including NASA planetary explorations.

• Winner - Newport Beach Film Festival 2018: Audience Award (Art, Architecture and Design) 
• Winner - Comic-Con San Diego Film Festival 2018: Best Documentary 
• Official Selection for Wonderfest USA
• Official Selection for Worldcon76
• Official Selection for Long Beach International Film Festival (NY) 

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