Author Archive: Elaine Hegwood Bowen

Elaine Hegwood Bowen is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She is the author of "Old School Adventures from Englewood--South Side of Chicago" and the proud parent of "the smart rapper"--chemist-turned-rapper, turned humanitarian...Psalm One!

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3rd Annual Portland Film Festival

3rd Annual Portland Film Festival

| August 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Portland Film Festival announced the feature film competition programs, opening and closing screenings, music and midnight sections, tribute presentations, northwest, and special screenings for the 2015 Portland Film Festival.  The 3rd Annual festival is a weeklong event of 214 screenings of feature length and short films from around the world, red carpet world premieres, tributes to filmmaking legends, […]

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Black Harvest Film Festival set at the Gene Siskel Film Center

Black Harvest Film Festival set at the Gene Siskel Film Center

| August 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Through September 3, the Gene Siskel Film Center invites Chicago to celebrate the 21st edition of the “Black Harvest Film Festival,” exploring the stories, images, heritage and history of the Black experience in the United States and around the world through film and video. Talent is the key word in describing “Black Harvest:” an abundant […]

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Jackie and Ryan

Jackie and Ryan

| July 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Jackie and Ryan is a love story, well maybe a love story. But it is definitely a story of two people who find each other at vulnerable times in their lives. Jackie, played by Katherine Heigl is a former singer at a crossroads in her marriage. She has taken her daughter and left her home […]

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Dope

Dope

| June 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dope can be defined as an illegal recreational drug; a person who isn’t too smart or, in street vernacular, something that is way past cool. In director Rick Famuyiwa’s breakout Sundance Film Fest comedy, Dope, the word takes on an entire new meaning. The geeks run everything in this movie, while they are running from […]

Before I Disappear

Before I Disappear

| May 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Before I Disappear is an award-winning movie that shakes up the apple cart for a man who is troubled by his own life and just wants to end it. He and his straight-laced niece embark on a thrilling odyssey through New York City in this heartrending drama based on an Oscar® -winning short. As his […]

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Hollywood Shuffle

Hollywood Shuffle

| April 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

A satire on the ups and downs of being a black actor in Hollywood, Hollywood Shuffle writer/producer/director Robert Townsend (The Five Heartbeats) stars as Bobby Taylor, a young black actor whose attempts to find work are dashed when told that he’s not “black enough” for the roles being offered. With jobs limited to stereotypes (gang-bangers, […]

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Sweet Lorraine

Sweet Lorraine

| April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

In Sweet Lorraine, Tatum O’Neal (Paper Moon, Little Darlings, Rescue Me) plays a New Jersey housewife whose past in the clubs and streets of New York City rears its ugly head as her husband campaigns for office in their small town. Steven Bauer (Ray Donovan, Scarface), Peter Greene (Pulp Fiction) and Julianne Michelle (Apartment 1303) […]

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Human Capital

Human Capital

| April 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

The critically acclaimed Italian drama, released in the United States this past January, premieres On Demand April 17 in advance of its DVD release in July. Human Capital begins at the end, as a cyclist is run off the road by a careening SUV the night before Christmas Eve. As the film progresses, details emerge […]

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A MIghty Nice Man

A MIghty Nice Man

| April 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

A Mighty Nice Man is a 12-minute short that is screening during the 14th Annual Tribeca Film Festival that runs until April 26 in New York City. Charlotte and her friend Emilie compete for the attention of a dashing, albeit significantly older stranger. The stranger tempts Charlotte away from her friend by offering her a […]

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If You Don’t, I Will

If You Don’t, I Will

| April 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

The newest film by acclaimed director Sophie Fillières and the latest observation on modern relationships starring frequent collaborators Mathieu Amalric (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Emmanuelle Devos (Coco Before Chanel) sets Pomme (Devos) and Pierre (Amalric) against each other, even though they are a long-term couple and are desperately trying to be with one another. Although […]

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