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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Naz and Maalik

Naz and Maalik

| January 21, 2016

Naz and Maalik is the story of two young men, who are probably just entering their early years in college, who live in Brooklyn, New York, who are just trying to find their way through life. They both peddle lottery cards, incense and other items on the street to help support themselves. They both live […]

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Creed

Creed

| January 20, 2016

Creed is such a good movie, and the combination of director Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan brings another collaboration from this pair that we witnessed in Fruitvale Station, the story of Oscar Grant, who was killed by police in San Francisco during the first days of the year 2009. Creed features Jordan, who plays Adonis […]

23rd Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival in New York

23rd Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival in New York

| November 22, 2015

23rd Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival in New York Idris Elba, Anthony Mackie, Geraldine Chaplin, Epatha Merkerson, Jennifer Connelly, Michael Clarke Duncan, Sonia Sanchez, Rusty Cundieff, Stanley Nelson, and Thierry Michel are some of the names that lead the 23rd African Diaspora International Film Festival. ADIFF 2015 has selected a total of 57 films […]

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Swim Little Fish Swim

Swim Little Fish Swim

| November 18, 2015

Acclaimed Feature Debut of French Filmmakers Lola Bessis and Ruben Amar Swim Little Fish Swim makes its North American home entertainment premiere on DVD on November 17. Swim Little Fish Swim presents the struggle between artistic integrity and capitalism in this quirky drama. Between surrealism, unusual characters, art and magic tricks, Swim Little Fish Swim […]

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Motley’s Law screening Nov. 16 and 17 at DOC NYC

Motley’s Law screening Nov. 16 and 17 at DOC NYC

| November 13, 2015

A documentary that is so revealing, while shedding a light on corrupt legal justice systems across the globe is called Motley’s Law, which just screened as its World Premiere at the 51st Chicago International Film Festival. The doc now moves to screenings in New York City and then on to Denmark, the country in which […]

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Fools screening at the Big Apple Film Festival

Fools screening at the Big Apple Film Festival

| November 4, 2015

Fools, a film by Benjamin Meyer, will screen at the Big Apple Film Festival, Thursday, November 5th, 8:30 p.m. at the Village East Cinemas. Meyer will be in attendance. Fools, Meyer’s feature directorial debut, which he also wrote, won the Audience Award at its World Premiere Screening in June at Dances with Films Festival in […]

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32nd Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival

32nd Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival

| October 27, 2015

The 32nd Annual Chicago Children’s International Film Festival is in full gear, with many screening selections still available this week for children and families, alike. The annual festival takes runs through November 1 and is the largest annual festival of films for children ages 2 – 18 in the world. Programming 250 of the best, […]

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XConfessions: A Conversation with Erika Lust at CIFF

XConfessions: A Conversation with Erika Lust at CIFF

| October 16, 2015

Renowned erotic filmmaker Erika Lust will bring her unique female-led adult films to the 51st Chicago International Film Festival on the 21st of October. At 8.30 p.m., the audience will listen to XConfessions: A Conversation with Erika Lust. Lust will be in conversation with Chicago-based filmmaker Maria Finitzo discussing the taboo nature of onscreen pleasure. Highlighted […]

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The Chicago International Film Festival Celebrates 51 years

The Chicago International Film Festival Celebrates 51 years

| October 16, 2015

The Chicago International Film Festival kicked off its 51st edition with the critically-acclaimed Opening Night Presentation of Mia Madre at the historic Auditorium Theatre with a celebratory cocktail reception immediately following at the Wit hotel on the evening of October 15th. Audiences at the theatre were treated to a special musical performance by Chicago’s own Terisa Griffin, who competed on season three of NBC’s The Voice, as well […]

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Theresa is a Mother

Theresa is a Mother

| September 30, 2015

The film Theresa is a Mother has proven to be a hit on the festival circuit with more than a dozen audience and jury awards. The movie follows the titular parent (played by writer-director C. Fraser Press) as she picks herself up and learns whether you can go home again.  Veteran actors Edie McClurg (Ferris […]

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