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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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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Take Me to the River

Take Me to the River

| September 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

In a documentary where British musician Robert Plant pays homage to the influence of Memphis Blues on the British playlist, unlikely folks are paired together to highlight the city’s great contribution to the musical lexicon, not only of the United States but the world over. Take Me to the River won an audience award at […]

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Words and Pictures

Words and Pictures

| September 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Words and Pictures is a delightful movie starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche as two teachers at a private school in the outskirts of New York City, whose lesson in getting along becomes a bit tangled with their efforts to dislike one another. Owen plays Jack Marcus and Binoche plays Dina Delsanto, who is a […]

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Elaine Bowen’s Old School Adventures from Englewood–South Side of Chicago

Elaine Bowen’s Old School Adventures from Englewood–South Side of Chicago

| September 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

FilmMonthly contributor Elaine Hegwood Bowen has written her first book called Old School Adventures from Englewood—South Side of Chicago. The book is a retrospective about her parents coming to Chicago from Shaw, Mississippi, in the early 1950s and then buying a home in Chicago in the Englewood community in 1959. Elaine was prompted to write […]

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