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Floating a Great Idea, Newport Beach Film Festival Encores an Audience Award-Winner for South Pacific Sea Voyage

Newport Beach, CA, September 25, 2019 --( This coming December, the first-ever film about “The Father of Space Art,” Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future, will set sail with the Newport Beach Film Festival at Sea. In partnership with Costco Travel and Celebrity Cruises, festival attendees will see films and rub elbows with filmmakers during an exotic South Pacific cruise from New Zealand to Australia. This film has won two Best Documentary awards, including one at Comic-Con in 2018, and it all started with a prestigious Audience Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival last year.

“Over seventy years ago, Chesley Bonestell (1888-1986) was painting pictures of rockets and space stations orbiting over earth’s oceans. At that time, we had no space program,” says the film’s Producer/Writer/Director Douglass M, Stewart, Jr. “But he was also taking us to frozen oceans on distant worlds. He painted Saturn as seen from its moon Titan in 1944 with an ice-covered surface. Some sixty years later, in 2005, NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft returned data that Titan’s icy exterior is likely hiding an underground ocean of liquid water. Chesley had no high-powered telescope, no space probe data. How did he know? His uncanny ability to see well beyond his time is why I call the film ‘A Brush with the Future.’"

Before Bonestell inspired America to reach for the stars, his architectural visions literally attained new heights right here on Earth when he helped design the tallest skyscraper in New York City in 1930 - the iconic Chrysler Building. A few years later in 1937, he turned complicated blueprints into beautiful renderings that led to the building of the world’s longest bridge of its time: San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. When he moved to Hollywood, his architectural background served him well in his new career as a visual effects matte painter. He created movie magic for classic films like The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Citizen Kane, Destination Moon and The War of the Worlds.

Costco Travel Club members aboard the Newport Beach Film Festival at Sea cruise will enjoy an exclusive screening of Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future and a separate showing of thirteen never-before-seen Bonus Features along with a special Q&A with the film’s award-winning Producer/Writer/Director, Douglass M. Stewart, Jr.

“Chesley Bonestell was such a remarkable, inspiring individual and “Brush with the Future” is so timely with the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, that we had to bring it back,” says Newport Beach Film Festival CEO, Gregg Schwenk. “I love the idea of this award-winning documentary about an amazing space artist screening far out at sea where only the Moon and the stars light up the night sky... frankly, I can’t imagine it gets much better than that.”

More About the Film:
Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future has screened at numerous festivals, space conventions and museums including the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. It was featured in a cover story of the 2019 Spring edition of Filmfax magazine, and was reviewed in the Apollo11 50th Anniversary Special Edition of the National Space Society’s Ad Astra magazine. The September 2019 issue of Sky & Telescope magazine includes an extensive article about the film. In addition to winning Best Documentary at Comic-Con San Diego in 2018 and an Audience Award at the 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival, the film also won a Best Documentary award at the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival in 2019. For more information about Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future and to watch the film’s trailer, visit

More About the Festival:
Now in its 20th year, the Newport Beach Film Festival has evolved into a prestigious multicultural event that prides itself on bringing the best in new, local, international and critically acclaimed cinema to over 55,000 attendees each year. For additional information about the festival and the cruise, please visit the Newport Beach Film Festival at Sea webpage at
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