Author Archive: Elaine Hegwood Bowen

Elaine Hegwood Bowen is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She is the proud parent of "the smart rapper"--chemist-turned-rapper, turned humanitarian...Psalm One!

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Cesar Chavez

Cesar Chavez

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Cesar Chavez is the gripping biopic about the most important Hispanic activist in American history, which boasts an all-star cast that includes Michael Peña, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson and Academy Award®nominee John Malkovich. This film brings to life the inspirational story of the man who moved millions to join the fight for social justice. Directed […]

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Anita: Speaking Truth to Power

Anita: Speaking Truth to Power

| July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Anita: Speaking Truth to Power is a documentary that captures the famous Senate hearings around the sexual harassment claims that attorney Anita Hill made against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas in the early 1990’s. The documentary out now on DVD begins with a phone call that was placed by Thomas’ wife years later, asking […]

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A Day Late and a Dollar Short

A Day Late and a Dollar Short

| July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Day Late and a Dollar Short is a good family film that not only shows family at its strength, led by the mother Whoopi Goldberg, but it also shows all the dysfunction, such as sibling rivalry, teen pregnancy and prescription drug addiction, that could be experienced in any regular run-of-the-mill family. But in this […]

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Spanish Lake

Spanish Lake

| July 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

A new documentary called Spanish Lake that will premiere at select theaters throughout the country on July 10 looks at the white flight that has transpired in the town of Spanish Lake in the northeastern part of Saint Louis, Missouri, within the last couple of decades. The exodus of white families who had been living […]

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2 Autumns, 3 Winters

2 Autumns, 3 Winters

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

 2 Autumns, 3 Winters is a quirky romantic comedy that celebrates both life’s most significant and simplest moments to winning effect. “Writer/director Sébastien Betbeder’s film has all the hallmarks of a traditional, heartfelt romantic comedy!” says FilmSchoolRejects.com. The film, a Cannes Film Festival selection and critically praised selection at Rendezvous with French Cinema earlier this year, […]

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The Pleasures of Being Out of Step: Notes on the Life of Nat Hentoff

The Pleasures of Being Out of Step: Notes on the Life of Nat Hentoff

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Pleasures of Being Out of Step: Notes on the Life of Nat Hentoff opens on June 25 at the IFC Center in New York City. And Hentoff, age 89, who was born in Boston and educated at Northeastern University, should be so proud to have this documentary available for all to see. Directed by […]

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A Wife Alone

A Wife Alone

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Wife Alone is a dark psychological thriller about an ill-fated marriage in the suburbs of upstate New York. The plot centers around Jane, an attractive young bride who marries a naive investment banker named Park, desperate to marry before his 30th birthday. The young, ostensibly happy couple buys a quaint house in a nice […]

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A Picture of You

A Picture of You

| June 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kyle and Jen, estranged siblings, travel from New York City to rural Pennsylvania to pack up the home of their recently deceased mother. While there, they inadvertently make a shocking discovery that turns their world upside-down. A serious movie about life that collides into a funny movie about death, A Picture of You is a […]

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The 12th Annual Chicago African Diaspora Film Festival

The 12th Annual Chicago African Diaspora Film Festival

| June 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Chicago African Diaspora International Film Festival is back to celebrate 12 years of consecutive work in the Windy City. To be held from June 13-19, hosted by Facets Cinematheque and presented by Art Mattan Productions, the festival will showcase 14 documentary and fiction films set in The United States, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, […]

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THE FIX

THE FIX

| May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

A new documentary having its world premiere at the SOHO International Film Festival on May 19 and May 21 at the Village East Cinema in New York City is called THE FIX, which follows Junior, a young father trying to turn his life around after years of heroin addiction, as he joins forces with a […]