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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24th Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF)

24th Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF)

| May 29, 2017

The 24th Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) returns to the Logan Theatre at 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave. on May 31, 2017, and features an international slate of innovative, exciting and provocative films and videos. More than 100 features, documentaries and shorts will screen over five days at the longest running underground film festival in the […]

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Bad Rap

Bad Rap

| May 21, 2017

Hip-hop culture has transcended many racial and cultural boundaries after its founding in the ’70s by African-American and Latino youth in the South Bronx. Since then, rappers have emerged as legitimate pop culture stars around the world and hip-hop’s global movement has become increasingly more diverse. Yet the face of rap in America remains primarily […]

On the Road, Somewhere

On the Road, Somewhere

| May 17, 2017

Join IndiePix Films for a journey to the Dominican tropics for On The Road, Somewhere (Algun Lugar), a poignant coming-of-age road trip drama.  The feature debut of writer/director Guillermo Zouain — an Official Selection at numerous festivals, including the Miami International Film Festival, the Chicago Latino Film Festival, Cine Las Americas and the International Film Festival […]

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The Free World

The Free World

| January 17, 2017

How hard would you fight to be free? After spending two decades in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, Mo (Boyd Holbrook) struggles to put his past behind him as he readjusts to a new life working in an animal shelter. Doris (Elisabeth Moss) is trapped in another sort of prison: an abusive marriage. […]

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Chicago Symphony Center premieres It’s a Wonderful Life with live orchestra

Chicago Symphony Center premieres It’s a Wonderful Life with live orchestra

| December 7, 2016

Chicago Symphony Center celebrates the 2016 holiday season with myriad musical programs offering audiences of all ages and tastes a chance to share unique, family-friendly events and treasured traditions continuing through December 23.   Returning favorites include acclaimed vocal groups Chanticleer and the Vienna Boys Choir performing seasonal favorites, as well as the Chicago Symphony […]

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24th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival

24th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival

| November 24, 2016

The African Diaspora International Film Festival is back for its 24th edition from November 25 to December 11, with a total of 66 films from 30 countries including 34 US and New York premieres. Screenings will be held in three venues in Manhattan: Teachers College, Columbia University, Cinepolis Chelsea Cinemas and MIST Harlem. Non-fiction films cover […]

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The Land

The Land

| November 22, 2016

Executive producer Nasir “Nas” Jones  presents this vivid inner-city saga set amidst Cleveland’s hip-hop underground. Teenage buddies Cisco (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.), Junior (Moises Arias), Boobie (Ezri Walker), and Patty Cake (Rafi Gavron) shrug off school to practice skateboarding, which they hope will be their ticket to a better life. In the meantime, they steal cars […]

Keep In Touch

Keep In Touch

| November 10, 2016

From Wilmette, Illinois, native writer-director Sam Kretchmar, Keep in Touch stars Ryan Patrick Bachand  as Colin and singer-songwriter Gabbi McPhee as Jessie in an intimate portrait of a relationship based on deceit.   Kretchmar’s debut film premiered at the Chicago International Movies and Music Fest, where he took home the award for Best Narrative Feature.  Keep in […]

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Off The Rails

Off The Rails

| November 1, 2016

I just wish the public transportation authority in New York City would just give Darius McCollum a job already–if only it were that easy. He knows the system inside and out, because as a child someone took him under his wings and showed him all there was to know about the city’s bus and rail […]

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Mr. Church

Mr. Church

| October 11, 2016

Eddie Murphy, who reportedly hasn’t been in movies lately because he hadn’t been offered any roles, is great in Mr. Church. Murphy plays a cook for a woman named Marie, played by Natascha McElhone, who has been told she has six months to live but survives her cancer for about six years after that. When […]