Author Archive: Elaine Hegwood Bowen

Elaine Hegwood Bowen 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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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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Nas’ “Time is Illmatic” opens the Tribeca Film Festival

Nas’ “Time is Illmatic” opens the Tribeca Film Festival

| April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Lilly Hartley’s Candescent Films announced a multi-year initiative with Tribeca Film Institute to support documentary film through the Candescent Award. The Award’s inaugural recipient will be Time is Illmatic, which is opening this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. The award is a grant given through the Tribeca Film Institute. Time is Illmatic, from director/producer One9 and producer […]

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Home

Home

| March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

First-time director Jono Oliver brings to life a brilliant movie that covers the issue of mental health in such a soft, caring way that allows The Wire actor Gbenga Akinnagbe to shine. It is rare that a film from a first-time director receives one award but when a feature is honored with 15 substantive awards, […]

The Single Moms Club

The Single Moms Club

| March 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Single Moms Club is a female bonding movie where five single mothers who have children at the same private prep school find themselves working together on a school event. Nia Long plays May; Wendi McClendon-Covey plays Jan; Amy Smart plays Hillary, Cocoa Brown plays Lytia and Zulay Henao plays Esperanza. While watching this film, I immediately […]

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