Comic-Con Best Documentary Winner About Artist Who Inspired US Space Program Heads for SoCal Launch
On the eve of celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo11 lunar landing, space artist and Hollywood matte painter Chesley Bonestell is being remembered as the person who helped get us to the moon, not with technology, but with a paintbrush.
"We've screened this film at the Smithsonian in Washington DC, George R.R. Martin's Jean Cocteau Theater in Santa Fe and now we'll be in Southern California where Chesley Bonestell lived for many years." said Douglass M. Stewart, Jr, the film's producer/writer/
As both artist and architect, Bonestell's astounding career included collaborations on a surprising number of historical projects as well. He helped design the Chrysler building in New York. When he turned complicated and confusing blueprints into beautiful paintings, he helped get the Golden Gate Bridge built. As a matte painter, Bonestell created movie magic for films like "Citizen Kane" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" along with sci-fi classics like "When Worlds Collide" and "The War of the Worlds."
"There isn't an artist painting today in the science fiction fantasy field who didn't start with Chesley Bonestell" says legendary science fiction author Ray Bradbury in the film's trailer at http://www.chesleybonestell.com.
The 96-minute documentary features rare interviews with Bonestell, along with perspectives from numerous others who knew Bonestell or were influenced by his art, including Douglas Trumbull (2001: A Space Odyssey) and Star Wars veterans Ben Burtt, Craig Barron and Richard Edlund. Additional insights come from astronomer Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz, Dr. Catherine Newell author of the new book "Destined for the Stars," space artist David Aguilar, Bonestell protégé Don Davis and many others.
"If you've never heard of Bonestell, you'll come away from the film wondering why not. And if, like me, you knew something of Bonestell's life and work, you'll be astonished to discover how much more you didn't know." - "Meet Chesley Bonestell, The Most Important Space Artist You've Probably Never Heard Of" - Richard Fienberg, Astronomy Magazine, March 15, 2019.
"Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future" will have its Southern California Theatrical Premiere on July 15th at four Laemmle Theatres: the Royal Theatre (West Los Angeles), Playhouse 7 Theatre (Pasadena), Town Center 5 Theatre (Encino) and Claremont 5 Theatre (Claremont). Showtimes at all theaters are at 7:30pm on July 15th and 1pm on July 16th. The filmmaker, along with some participants in the film, will be participating in a Q&A's at selected locations. For more information and to watch the film's trailer, please visit Laemmle Theater's webpage at https://www.laemmle.com/
More about the Film: Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future was featured as the cover story in the January-March 2019 Issue of Filmfax Magazine and is reviewed in the National Space Society's just-released Spring 2019 issue of Ad Astra Magazine.