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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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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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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