Screening at Griffith Observatory
with Original Bonestell Paintings!

When we show Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future in a place that also has his art on display, the results are just magical. This happened a short while ago in Kansas City at the Linda Hall/MRI Global screening, and it happened again at the iconic Griffith Observatory on Monday evening, November 25.
Filmmaker Doug Stewart at Griffith Observatory.
It all began with an invitation from Ann Marie Bedtke, Executive Director of Friends of the Observatory, to screen the film in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater. The idea quickly evolved into a fundraiser that incorporated original paintings by Mr. Bonestell that were in the Observatory’s archives. Proceeds would benefit the non-profit “Friends Of The Observatory.”
"Titan Panorama" - 1959
With the blessing of Griffith Observatory’s Director, Dr. Edwin C. Krupp, and under the supervision of Don Dixon, the Observatory’s Art Director, fabulous panoramas and paintings were carefully removed from protective storage and put on display. Most of the paintings have not been shown to the public in decades, and for all who saw them that night, the experience was nothing short of extraordinary.
"Lunar Panorama" - 1958-1967
Also on display were several matte paintings from the collection of Visual Effects historian Gene Kozicki.
Matte paintings from the collection of Gene Kozicki.
(L to R) "The Earth's Core" from the Life magazine series "The World We Live In" - the matte painting reproduction from "When Worlds Collide" - "Martian Landscape."
Also on display was a painting of the planet Zyra, from “When Worlds Collide.” The original matte painting was destroyed in a tragic fire that engulfed producer George Pal’s house. The painting on display was something special Chesley made for his friend, Kerry O’Quinn.
Dr. Krupp introduces the audience to the film.
In his opening talk before the screening, Dr. Krupp told the audience "I am on a mission to turn Chesley Bonestell - once a household name - back into a household name!”
Griffith's Art Director Don Dixon speaks to the audience about Chesley's panoramas.
After running a special 60-minute version of the film, Don Dixon explained how Chesley’s panoramas were used at the Observatory. Of particular interest was a demonstration of alterations that Chesley had made to his paintings after the lunar landers touched down and American astronauts walked on the moon’s surface. There seemed to be a real discrepancy between Chesley’s dramatic visions of the lunar topography and what was actually there. The Griffith is the only place that has paintings altered by the master himself.
A portion of the original Lunar Panorama, painted by Chesley Bonestell.
The same panorama after Chesley's alterations.
Don went on to introduce a Bonus Feature called “Days Of Future Passed” produced by Co-Editor Kristina Hays. This video examines a number of cases where the future collided with Chesley’s visions. Like all the other Bonus Features we have, this one will be included in our eventual DVD/Blu-ray release of the film. Stay tuned for news!
The Q&A with Doug Stewart, Co-Producer Melvin Schuetz, and Don Dixon.
The evening concluded with a Q&A with Doug Stewart, Don Dixon and the film’s Co-Producer Melvin Schuetz, who had flown in from Waco, Texas just for this event. Said Melvin, “Screening the film here at the Griffith and seeing these extraordinary paintings was a priceless experience. I hope the people who came realized what a very rare opportunity this was!”
(L to R) Dr. Edwin C. Krupp, Don Dixon, Melvin Schuetz and Doug Stewart.

Special thanks to the Friends of the Observatory’s Co-Producer and Co-Director Robert Niemack for his great help…and a big tip of the hat to FOTO’s staff and volunteers who made this event so successful.

Vive La France!

Nantes, France is the birthplace of the Father of Science Fiction Jules Verne, and it’s also the home of the annual Les Utopiales Festival de Science Fiction, the largest gathering of science fiction enthusiasts in Europe.

Frédéric Temps points to a French version of our poster.
Crowds gather at La Cité Nantes Congress Centre to see our film.
As we have mentioned in several of our past newsletters, Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future had its International Premiere at this festival. This was through the invitation of Frédéric Temps, Artistic Director for Cinema and Music, who said “The film is astonishing! Before I even finished screening this movie, I knew we had to have it for our festival. Where would science fiction be without the unforgettable images that Bonestell painted for so many magazines and books on that subject? They are still magnificent. We are so pleased to be the first to show this remarkable production outside of the United States. Bravo!”
The first screening at Les Utopiales on November 1st.

Monsieur Temps scheduled two screenings of our film, and the turnout was impressive! The first screening on Friday, November 1 attracted an audience of 306 people. The second screening on Sunday, November 3 had an audience of 187. He told us, “More than two thirds of the audience had never heard of Bonestell... (for them) it was a real and beautiful discovery. Encore bravo!“

We are most grateful to have discovered the appeal our film had to international audiences, to which we say “Merci beaucoup, Frédéric!”

As we look back on this past year and in the spirit of of Thanksgiving, we would like to express our gratitude to all the people and places that given us the privilege of screening our film with them. There have been so many... and we could not be more grateful!

Happy Holidays to everyone!

The Chesley Bonestell Team:
- Doug Stewart (Producer/Writer/Director)
- Ron Miller (Co-Producer)
- Melvin Schuetz (Co-Producer)

- Christopher Darryn (Associate Producer)
- Kristina Hays (Co-Editor)

UPCOMING SCREENINGS

Friday, Nov. 29
4:00 - 6:00 PM
Loscon 46

Marriott Los Angeles Airport Hotel
5855 W. Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045
A special 60-minute version of Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future will be showing at Loscon 46, LA's longest running fan convention. Loscon is run by the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS).

Following the screening, there will be a panel with the film's Co-Editor Kristina Hays. Joining her will be Science Fiction Author John DeChancie, Filk Songwriter Nick Smith, and Tom Khamis.

This screening is only available to people with membership to Loscon 46.
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NEW SCREENING!
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 at a later date.
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