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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Coming Home

Coming Home

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Coming Home is a great film that looks at what happens to someone who has served a lot of time in prison—whether for something that they didn’t do or for something for which they could easily be held accountable. Directed by New Yorker Viko Nikci, Coming Home will have its international premiere at DOC NYC […]

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Manhattan Romance

Manhattan Romance

| November 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Manhattan Romance is a film about a filmmaker who is making a film about couples, in the middle of New York, even though he doesn’t have love of his own. Sounds a bit like a Woody Allen joint, but it isn’t. Danny, played by Tom O’Brien, who is also a real-life writer and director, plays […]

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Finding Fela!

Finding Fela!

| November 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Renowned Dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones’ work in bringing the life and times of iconic Nigerian musician Fela Kuti to the Broadway stage is detailed in a documentary due to be screened again in local venues, most notably at the iRock Jazz Festival on November 7. Finding Fela! is Emmy Award-winning Alex Gibney’s documentary, […]

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Forward 13: Waking up the American Dream

Forward 13: Waking up the American Dream

| October 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Forward 13: Waking up the American Dream is a documentary about a homeowner who is just fed up with the system. The system to which I refer is the home loan modification system that only works, it seems, to put homeowners further in debt and eventually in a foreclosure state. Caught in the wake of […]

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Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Yet another documentary about the late Godfather of Soul, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, is a comprehensive look at the late mega-star, which will premiere on Cable station HBO on October 27. Directed by Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney and produced by Mick Jagger, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown features rare and never-before-seen […]

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Evolution of a Criminal

Evolution of a Criminal

| October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Evolution of a Criminal, which is a documentary about 16-year-old Darius Clark Monroe’s brush with the law in a way that is so astonishing and flabbergasting, is a film that sort of stays with you. This powerful and award-winning film opens in New York on October 10; Los Angeles on October 17; and other U.S. […]

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Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever

Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever

| September 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Right on the heels of Motown: The Musical playing across the country, StarVista Entertainment/Time Life has released a 3-DVD set of Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever. The nearly six-hour DVD set for release on September 30, 2014 features an extended version of the show, with more than 20 additional minutes not seen on the original broadcast, as […]

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Nas: Time is Illmatic

Nas: Time is Illmatic

| September 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Twenty years after the release of Nas’ groundbreaking debut album Illmatic, Nas: Time is Illmatic takes us into the heart of his creative process and the making of his original album. Returning to his childhood home in Queensbridge, New York, rapper Nas shares stories of his upbringing, his influences — from the music of his […]

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That Girl in Yellow Boots

That Girl in Yellow Boots

| September 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

That Girl in Yellow Boots features Ruth (Kalki Koechlin) who has traveled across half the world, driven to find her missing father — the last remaining link to her tragically broken family. Lost and alone in the sprawling chaos of Mumbai, trapped in a metropolis erupting with a million screaming dreams and fears, she survives […]

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Finding Fela!

Finding Fela!

| September 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Renowned Dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones’ work in bringing the life and times of iconic Nigerian musician Fela Kuti to the Broadway stage is detailed in a documentary due to premiere at the Music Box Theatre on Chicago’s North Side on September 12. Finding Fela! is Emmy Award-winning Alex Gibney’s documentary, and it details Fela’s […]

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