- Part 2 -

This newsletter has been covering the screening of Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future at the Newport Beach Film Festival At Sea, which took place on a cruise around New Zealand and Australia. When we last left off, Doug Stewart was sailing across the Tasman Sea, having just finished a screening at Sir Peter Jackson's Park Road Post Production facility in Auckland, New Zealand.
To Read Part 1, Click Here

Now, in Part 2, we return to the ship for a report on the film festival itself.

Eager festival-goers start gathering for the first time on board the Celebrity Solstice.

Raising a Glass to New Zealand Wines

A Seat At The Table
A few days later, two special screenings of Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future took place. There would first be a showing of the full documentary and the next day, the Bonus Features. Virtually no one on board had heard of Chesley Bonestell, but all were captivated by what they saw.
Festival participants at the first ocean-going screening of Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future in a special three-screen theater on board the Celebrity Solstice.
Comments from the viewers:

"The film was so inspirational, and it’s encouraged me to look forward to so much more in space exploration in the years ahead. It reminded me of all the passion I had for space when I was young. Thank you very much for making this film. It was absolutely fantastic!"

- Raymond Brever, Turner, OR

"I thought it was a great film and after seeing it, I finally realized who Chesley Bonestell is!  My father was a Scenic Designer in Hollywood for the motion picture industry, and I saw a lot of Chesley’s work through what my dad was doing."

- Ben Resella, Camarillo, CA 

"I was very not aware of Chesley Bonestell until this very time. It was a story that needed to be told. I very much appreciated the efforts and the quality of the movie. It was superb!"

- Charlotte Standefer, Albuquerque, NM

Bonus Features Screening

The next day, this lucky crowd had the good fortune to see all 13 completed Bonus Features that have been prepared for an eventual DVD/Blu-Ray release. These Bonus Features had never been shown in their entirety to an audience until this cruise. The response was equally enthusiastic:

“I just want to say thank you for making these films about a person who is not very well-known but was an artist who inspired a whole generation of engineers, astronauts and others. Mr. Bonestell was a true visionary!”

- Jennifer Chan, Cincinnati, OH

Gathering Together One Last Time

To celebrate the end of the festival, everyone was invited to a special luncheon in one of the ship’s posh restaurants.
In a surprise visit, the Solstice's Captain Nikolas Frantzis spoke to the group, thanking everyone for coming on the cruise.
Captain Nikolas Frantzis of the Celebrity Solstice and
NBFF Founder and CEO Gregg Schwenk.
That night, as we steamed toward our final destination of Sydney, Australia, the sky revealed the perfect ending to our trip - a beautiful moon shining over the Tasman Sea. Vanessa Schwenk, Gregg’s wife, noted that it was the last full moon of the year.

This past July, we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of humans walking on the moon. In looking up at that big, bright orb and thinking about Chesley’s paintings that we had just seen, I was reminded of how he had helped get us into space through his inspiring artistry.

Something Special on the Flight Home

It came time for me to return to Los Angeles, and just before we took off from Sydney, I was invited to visit the cockpit, where I met the flight crew. I couldn’t resist a little bit of promotion and told them about my reason for my trip to this part of the world. They, too, were very curious about Chesley and wanted to see the film!

(L to R) Captain David Burnell, First Officer Robin Tatman and Captain Elmer Walker get ready to take Chesley Bonestell to new heights!

Let’s roll the credits to thank again Gregg Schwenk and the NBBB at Sea team, Celebrity Cruises, Costco, Weta Digital, Weta Workshop and all the great people who came to be a part of the Third Annual Newport Beach Film Festival at Sea

- Doug Stewart, from 31,000 feet and 587mph over the Pacific


2019 has been an incredible year for Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future. We've had over 50 screenings, put the film into the educational market (through TuggEDU), and got to meet many of our wonderful fans (like you!)
Thank you to everyone who screened our film:
- Boston Science Fiction Film Festival
- Cleveland Cinematheque
- Columbus College of Art and Design  (Columbus, OH)
- The Roxie Theatre  (San Francisco, CA)
- The Filoli Estate  (Woodside, CA)
- Sonoma International Film Festival  (Sonoma, CA)
- The Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum
- University of Colorado
- Mount Diablo Astronomical Society  (Walnut Creek, CA)
- The Lincoln Theatre  (Damariscotta, ME)
- George R. R. Martin's Jean Cocteau Cinema  (Santa Fe, NM)
- International Space Development Conference  (Washington, D.C.)
- Laemmle Theatres of Southern California
- Wings Over the Rockies Museum  (Denver, CO)
- Ron Robinson Theater  (Little Rock, AR)
- Museum of Flight  (Seattle, WA)
- North Park Theatre  (Buffalo, NY)
- Staerkel Planetarium  (Champagne, IL)
- Orange Coast College Planetarium  (Costa Mesa, CA)
- Linda Hall Library/MRIGlobal  (Kansas City, MO)
- Les Utopiales Festival International de Science Fiction  (Nantes, France)
- InScience International Science Film Festival  (Nijmegen, Netherlands)
- University of Arizona

- Griffith Observatory / Friends Of The Observatory  (Los Angeles, CA)
- Loscon46  (Los Angeles, CA)
- Newport Beach Film Festival at Sea  (New Zealand & Australia)
Please enjoy your holidays with your friends and family, and best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2020!
The Chesley Bonestell Team
Douglass Stewart, Producer/Writer/Director
Ron Miller, Co-Producer
Melvin Schuetz, Co-Producer
Christopher Darryn, Associate Producer
Kristina Hays, Co-Editor


Feb. 12, 2020
5:15 PM
San Francisco Public Main Library
100 Larkin St.

San Francisco, CA 94102
Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future will screen at San Francisco's Public Main Library on February 12th, 2020. The screening will be part of their McComas Science Fiction Exhibit Series, which runs from February to April of 2020. There will also be a Q&A after the screening. This event is free and open to the public. More details will be made available on our website at a later date.
Please visit our website for the latest in news and screenings!
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