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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Alone in Berlin

Alone in Berlin

| June 13, 2017

How did an ordinary, middle-aged couple become a symbol of defiance against Nazi brutality? Alone in Berlin, a true-life tale of courage from award-winning actor-director Vincent Perez (The Secret), unfolds against the tumultuous backdrop of Berlin in 1940. Otto and Anna Quangel (Brendan Gleeson, Edge of Tomorrow; Oscar winner Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks) are a working-class husband and […]

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Being Black Enough or (How to Kill a Black Man)

Being Black Enough or (How to Kill a Black Man)

| June 10, 2017

Devin Rice Studios is honored to announce the World Premiere of Devin Rice’s Being Black Enough or (How to Kill a Black Man) at the 20th Dances With Films Festival.  Based on writer-director-star Devin Rice’s youth in Los Angeles, the semi-autobiographical drama touches on what it means to “be Black,” how race is seen through the eyes […]

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A United Kingdom

A United Kingdom

| June 7, 2017

A United Kingdom is a movie about the imminent king of Botswana played by David Oyelowo who goes to London to study to be an attorney, before he is due to arrive back home in 1948 to take up the throne, which had been passed on to him by his late father 20 years prior, […]

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In The Morning

In The Morning

| June 4, 2017

In The Morning is a film that was created as a result of a successful crowdfunding campaign, and in addition to being available on streaming platforms, its director has been taking it on the road in screenings across the nation. The next screening is set for June 8 in Washington, D.C. In The Morning is […]

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Queen Sugar: The Complete First Season

Queen Sugar: The Complete First Season

| May 29, 2017

Take a trip to Louisiana as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Queen Sugar: The Complete First Season on DVD on May 30, 2017 Following the highest-rated two-episode debut in OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network history, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings you Queen Sugar: The Complete First Season. From award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay and executive producer Oprah Winfrey, the series […]

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24th Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF)

24th Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF)

| May 29, 2017

The 24th Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) returns to the Logan Theatre at 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave. on May 31, 2017, and features an international slate of innovative, exciting and provocative films and videos. More than 100 features, documentaries and shorts will screen over five days at the longest running underground film festival in the […]

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Bad Rap

Bad Rap

| May 21, 2017

Hip-hop culture has transcended many racial and cultural boundaries after its founding in the ’70s by African-American and Latino youth in the South Bronx. Since then, rappers have emerged as legitimate pop culture stars around the world and hip-hop’s global movement has become increasingly more diverse. Yet the face of rap in America remains primarily […]

On the Road, Somewhere

On the Road, Somewhere

| May 17, 2017

Join IndiePix Films for a journey to the Dominican tropics for On The Road, Somewhere (Algun Lugar), a poignant coming-of-age road trip drama.  The feature debut of writer/director Guillermo Zouain — an Official Selection at numerous festivals, including the Miami International Film Festival, the Chicago Latino Film Festival, Cine Las Americas and the International Film Festival […]

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The Free World

The Free World

| January 17, 2017

How hard would you fight to be free? After spending two decades in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, Mo (Boyd Holbrook) struggles to put his past behind him as he readjusts to a new life working in an animal shelter. Doris (Elisabeth Moss) is trapped in another sort of prison: an abusive marriage. […]

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Chicago Symphony Center premieres It’s a Wonderful Life with live orchestra

Chicago Symphony Center premieres It’s a Wonderful Life with live orchestra

| December 7, 2016

Chicago Symphony Center celebrates the 2016 holiday season with myriad musical programs offering audiences of all ages and tastes a chance to share unique, family-friendly events and treasured traditions continuing through December 23.   Returning favorites include acclaimed vocal groups Chanticleer and the Vienna Boys Choir performing seasonal favorites, as well as the Chicago Symphony […]

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