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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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 […]

Next Year Jerusalem

Next Year Jerusalem

| May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Let’s see, there is 91-year-old Helen who has never been out of the United States and is excited to see the Dead Sea. She is committed to journaling the trip so she won’t forget things. She has cast to the side the reality that she is due to undergo heart surgery. Her world for now […]

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As High as the Sky

As High as the Sky

| May 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

As High as the Sky is an indie film made on a small budget by first time director Nikki Braendlin. It was shot with a mostly female cast and crew in Los Angeles in a mid-century Eichler modern home. But this doesn’t take away from the breadth of this film, which is a fantastic look […]

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Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave

| May 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Olive Films has re-issued Home of the Brave, which is a film based on a play by Arthur Laurents and recounts the story of a young, black soldier who has suffered a nervous breakdown and has developed psychosomatic paralysis. Crippled by rage and trauma, his condition was induced by experiences encountered during a reconnaissance mission, […]

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Gimme Shelter

Gimme Shelter

| April 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Gimme Shelter is a fantastic movie that chronicles one young teen’s pregnancy and painful relationship with her mother, while she locates a father with whom she never had a relationship. Vanessa Hudgens stars in this heart-wrenching but inspirational drama that is available on Blu-ray April 29. Hudgens plays Agnes “Apple” Bailey, whose violent and dependent […]

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The Pawnbroker

The Pawnbroker

| April 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Chicago-based Olive Films has released a film that is considered one of the landmarks of American cinema, The Pawnbroker, on Blu-ray™ and DVD. The film is newly remastered and is available April 22. Directed by Academy-Award®-winner (Honorary Award 2005) Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon) and released in 1964, it was the first cinematic […]

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