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!
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 […]
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 […]
The Farewell Party is a serious, and surprisingly funny story of a group of friends at a Jerusalem retirement home who decide to help their terminally ill friend. When rumors of their assistance begin to spread, more and more people ask for their help, and the friends are faced with a life and death dilemma. […]
The Chambermaid tells the story of Lynn, who is the most meticulous chambermaid in her hotel, leaving no shelf undusted and no sheet untucked. Crippled by shyness, she rummages through guests belongings and even hides under their beds, vicariously experiencing their conversations, meals, and discreet interludes. After clandestinely observing an S&M session, Lynn discovers the […]
The Lesson by Film Movement proves to be a hard lesson for Nade, who is an honest, hard-working elementary school teacher and devoted mother, struggling to keep her life together in a small Bulgarian town. Her unemployed, alcoholic husband has secretly spent their mortgage payments on booze; the agency where she translates legal documents for […]