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Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With the Future

Directed by: Douglass M. Stewart, Jr.

2018 | USA | 96 minutes

First Screening and Q&A with Film Participants

Saturday, November 3, 2018, 3pm


Saturday, November 3, 2018, 6pm - 7pm

Second Screening and Q&A with Film Participants

Saturday, November 3, 2018, 7pm


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.

-Audience Award winner at the 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival
-Best Documentary at Comic-Con San Diego 2018 Film Festival

Following the screening, there will be a Q&A session with producer/writer/director Douglass M. Stewart Jr., father of UCR Alumnus Kyle Stewart (B.S. Chemical Engineering, 2013). Also joining the panel will be rocket engineer Rocco Lardiere and space artist Don Davis, who appear in the film. Mr. Lardiere has been on the rocket launch teams for over 200 space missions, including NASA planetary explorations. Mr. Davis met Mr. Bonestell when he was 13 and is the only artist ever mentored by him.

Screening Location: 
Culver Center For The Arts 
3834 Main Street  
Riverside, CA 92501

Free parking is available in city parking lots near the Culver Center.

For more information about the film itself, please visit www.chesleybonestell.com

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