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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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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The Farewell Party

The Farewell Party

| September 22, 2015

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. […]

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The Chambermaid

The Chambermaid

| September 13, 2015

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 […]

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The Lesson

The Lesson

| September 13, 2015

 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 […]

3rd Annual Portland Film Festival

3rd Annual Portland Film Festival

| September 1, 2015

World Premiere – United States: Six Angry Women. It’s never actually mentioned when the six women are deciding the merit of the case where a security guard shoots and kills a young man, but we all know that in the film Six Angry Women that they’re essentially deciding the fate of acquitted Florida night watchman […]

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Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America

Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America

| August 27, 2015

The definitive documentary on Chicago native Don Cornelius and his revolutionary television dance show recently screened at the 21st Annual Black Harvest Film Festival. Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America should be required viewing for everyone. Cornelius would have been 79 in September, and his legacy as having the longest running dance show can’t be denied. […]

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