CHESLEY BONESTELL: A BRUSH WITH THE FUTURE
First show: February 22
“This film brilliantly captures the vast range of a hard-nosed genius! His life spans the great opening-out of science and minds in the 20th century — and here, with his vivid starscapes, Bonestell led us forward.”
– Gregory Benford, Nebula Award-winning Science Fiction Author.
Director Douglass M. Stewart Jr. IN PERSON
What do Filoli, 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). A native San Franciscan, his mesmerizing depiction of “Saturn As Seen From Titan” became known as “the painting that launched a thousand careers.” The film features over 20 people who were influenced by or knew Chesley personally, including Ray Bradbury, David Aguilar and Douglas Trumbull. Bay Area participants include, Irene Edwards, Ben Burtt, James Dalessandro, Lynette Cook, Robert E. David, Christina Dikas, Jeffrey Norris and Wyn Wachhorst. Punctuated with rare interviews with 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 Newport Beach Film Festival and named
Best Documentary at Comic-Con San Diego.
A Film by Douglass M. Stewart Jr. 2018. USA. DCP. 96 minutes.
NOTE FILMS START RIGHT AT THE LISTED SHOWTIME. Roxie Theater trailers play during the 30 minutes prior to showtime.
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