Author Archive: Elaine Hegwood Bowen

Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., 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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Chasing the Blues

Chasing the Blues

| October 10, 2017

Fulton Market Films announces the world premiere of Chasing the Blues, the latest production from the Chicago-based studio, at the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival (October 12-26, 2017). Co-written and directed by Scott Smith (Being Bucky), the music-centric dramedy follows two rival record collectors (Grant Rosenmeyer, Money Monster, The Royal Tenenbaums and Ronald L. Connor, […]

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SHOT

SHOT

| September 21, 2017

“Every day 90 people are killed by gun violence. 200 more are shot and hospitalized.” A gripping drama about three lives irrevocably changed when a gun is accidentally fired on a busy Los Angeles street, SHOT is a visceral roller coaster ride unflinchingly exploring the consequences of gun violence in America. SHOT begins as sound mixer […]

Footnotes

Footnotes

| September 19, 2017

Inspired by the films of Jacques Demy and Stanley Donen, Footnotes is a whimsical and original musical comedy about Julie, a young woman struggling to make ends meet in France’s radically changing economy. Living out of a backpack, Julie spends her days jumping from job to job until she’s finally offered a temporary stockroom position […]

Glory

Glory

| September 17, 2017

When Tzanko Petrov (Stefan Denolyubov), a stuttering, scraggly-bearded railroad linesman discovers millions of dollars on some rural train tracks, he decides to turn the entire amount over to the police.  The authorities, ever grateful, reward him with a televised ceremony and a new wristwatch.  But when the glitzy new watch stops working, Julia Staikova (Margita […]

Peanuts by Schulz: School Days

Peanuts by Schulz: School Days

| August 29, 2017

Peanuts by Schulz: School Days is a collection of classic Peanuts shorts that is great for everyone—young and old. So whether you are going back to school or you are the parents of someone going back to school everyone can kick off the new school year with Snoopy and Charlie Brown on Warner Bros. Home […]

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Heal the Living

Heal the Living

| August 27, 2017

Heal the Living is available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms on August 29. Director and co-writer Katell Quillévéré’s film, adapted from the Booker Prize long listed novel by Maylis de Kerangal, is an elegant and moving drama about families brought together by shocking news. Quillévéré carefully weaves together three seemingly unrelated stories: a French […]

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Louise by the Shore

Louise by the Shore

| August 5, 2017

On the last day of summer at a small seaside resort town, 75-year-old Louise misses the last train out. After a torrential rainstorm, she emerges from her room the next morning to find the streets flooded and the town utterly deserted. Days, weeks and months pass in this dreamlike interlude as Louise learns to fend for […]

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I Am the Blues

I Am the Blues

| July 13, 2017

When I see a film about the Blues and it opens up with a guy who I know is familiar, but I just can’t put my finger on his name, I know it’s going to be a great documentary. In this case, it was the great Chicago Blues legend Bobby Rush, and I was in […]

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Leftovers

Leftovers

| July 11, 2017

“Making this movie has been one of the most trying, rewarding, frustrating and eye opening experiences of my life and it was well worth the journey” – Seth Hancock (director) One of the most powerful and thought-provoking documentaries of the year, Leftovers, coming to VOD and DVD on July 11 and August 29, respectively. Photographer Seth […]

Love at First Child

Love at First Child

| July 11, 2017

Despite some back pain after a wild one-night stand, successful architect and womanizer Ange Pagani is having a perfectly normal day. Until a frantic woman named Gabrielle turns up at his office, claiming his son has gotten her teenage daughter pregnant. Problem is, Ange has no son! He does everything to avoid Gabrielle, but for […]

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