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Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future


"I didn't know what other worlds looked like until I saw Bonestell's paintings of the solar system." - Famed astronomer and astrophysicist Carl Sagan

An Audience Award at the 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival in beautiful Orange County, California was a very exciting start for the first-ever film about space artist, architect and Hollywood matte painter, Chesley Bonestell. Since then, filmmaker Douglass M. Stewart Jr. and his movie Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future have gone on to win two Best Documentary awards, including one at Comic-Con 2018 and a second at the 2019 Boston Science Fiction Film Festival.  Now, with a special screening and Q&A on October 5th at 7:30pm, The Orange Coast College Planetarium in Costa Mesa, California will bring OC audiences the fascinating story and visionary images of “The Father of Space Art.” 

The world of science fiction has been blessed with the contributions of many great artists as well as writers,” “One of the greatest was Chesley Bonestell,...I’m proud to present a documentary about the life and work of Chesley Bonestell.” – “Game of Thrones” Author George R.R. Martin before several special Santa Fe, NM screenings of the film.


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...informative, entertaining, and inspiring." - “Meet Chesley Bonestell, The Most Important Space Artist You’ve Probably Never Heard Of”- Richard Tresch Fienberg, Astronomy Magazine, March 15, 2019

Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future will have five screenings at Orange Coast College Planetarium, located at 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, CA. Only the October 5th screening at 7:30pm will feature a very special Q&A, hosted by filmmaker Doug Stewart and starring distinguished cast member, David A. Aguilar. Mr. Aguilar, a writer, astronomer and space artist appears regularly on The Science Channel. He is the author and illustrator of seven National Geographic books on astronomy, including the newly released “Luna – The Science and Stories of Our Moon.”  Four additional non-Q&A screenings will take place on the following two Fridays, October 11th and 18th at 8:15PM and two Saturdays, October 12th and 19th at 7:30pm. To view the film’s trailer, please visit


Saturday, October 5th, 7:30pm (With special Q&A)

Friday, October 11th, 8:15pm

Saturday, October 12th, 7:30pm

Friday, October 18th, 8:15pm

Saturday, October 19th, 7:30pm