An “Official Selection” of the 44th Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival and the New England Premiere of this multi-award-winning film named Best Documentary at 2018 Comic-Con about “The Father of Space Art” who inspired us to reach for the stars!
Long before satellites would journey to planets and deep-space telescopes would photograph distant galaxies, there was an artist whose dazzling visions of planets and stars would capture the imagination of all who beheld them. Before that, he was an architect working on projects like the Chrysler Building and the Golden Gate Bridge. He would later become a matte painter in Hollywood working on films like Citizen Kane and Destination Moon. Who was this remarkable man? His name was 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.”
New Englanders will be able to learn more about the man dubbed “The Father of Space Art” whose timeless art continues to dazzle visitors at Boston’s Museum of Science and around the world. The award-winning documentary Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future will screen as an “Official Selection” of the 44th Boston Science Fiction Film Festival at the historic Somerville Theatre on Saturday, February 16th at 3PM!
Individual tickets for “Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future” are ON-SALE NOW for $14.25 each through this link. You will need to scroll down the page to our film’s title, enter the number of tickets you wish to purchase and then press a “Checkout” button to pay by credit card. The film screens at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square on Saturday, February 16th at 3PM. Tickets are on sale through Friday, February 15th but this is a multi-award-winning film and tickets have been known to sell out fast so we suggest buying early.
Film Running Time: 96 minutes - Audience may stay for Q&A with Producer after film.
Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future is a feature-length documentary running 96 minutes. This special New England Premiere will also feature a Q&A with the film’s Producer/Writer/Director Douglass M. Stewart, Jr. immediately following the film. Audience members are welcome to stay and ask any questions they may have during that time!
EXCITING NEWS! Legendary filmmaker Douglas Trumbull, who appears in the film, will be part of the Q&A panel discussion following the screening! Mr. Trumbull began his career as one of the special photographic effects supervisors for 2001: A Space Odyssey and went on to become the visual effects supervisor for Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Blade Runner. As a director, he helmed the sci-fi thrillers Brainstorm and Silent Running!