Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future at Jean Cocteau Cinema, Santa Fe
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Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future

Saturday April 27, 2019

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418 Montezuma Ave
Santa Fe, NM 57501






Jean Cocteau Cinema

Phone: (505) 466-5528
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Legends of science fiction, art and film converge for two film screenings with a Q&A following.

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).

  "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.

 Chesley Bonestell’s mesmerizing depiction of “Saturn As Seen From Titan” (seen in the film's poster art) 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.”

 Join us when legends of science fiction, art and film will converge for an award-winning “Brush with the Future” at George R. R. Martin's Jean Cocteau Cinema at 6pm on Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th.

  Following both screenings, a very special audience Q&A will take place with Producer/Director/Writer Douglass M. Stewart, Jr. and one of the film’s Co-Producers, Bonestell historian and author, Melvin Schuetz. An impressive mini-exhibition of co-producer and space artist Ron Miller’s space art will also be featured in the theater’s lobby/gallery area at both events.

Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future Film Trailer

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