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!
Renowned Dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones’ work in bringing the life and times of iconic Nigerian musician Fela Kuti to the Broadway stage is detailed in a documentary due to be screened again in local venues, most notably at the iRock Jazz Festival on November 7. Finding Fela! is Emmy Award-winning Alex Gibney’s documentary, […]
Yet another documentary about the late Godfather of Soul, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, is a comprehensive look at the late mega-star, which will premiere on Cable station HBO on October 27. Directed by Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney and produced by Mick Jagger, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown features rare and never-before-seen […]
Right on the heels of Motown: The Musical playing across the country, StarVista Entertainment/Time Life has released a 3-DVD set of Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever. The nearly six-hour DVD set for release on September 30, 2014 features an extended version of the show, with more than 20 additional minutes not seen on the original broadcast, as […]
Twenty years after the release of Nas’ groundbreaking debut album Illmatic, Nas: Time is Illmatic takes us into the heart of his creative process and the making of his original album. Returning to his childhood home in Queensbridge, New York, rapper Nas shares stories of his upbringing, his influences — from the music of his […]
That Girl in Yellow Boots features Ruth (Kalki Koechlin) who has traveled across half the world, driven to find her missing father — the last remaining link to her tragically broken family. Lost and alone in the sprawling chaos of Mumbai, trapped in a metropolis erupting with a million screaming dreams and fears, she survives […]
In a documentary where British musician Robert Plant pays homage to the influence of Memphis Blues on the British playlist, unlikely folks are paired together to highlight the city’s great contribution to the musical lexicon, not only of the United States but the world over. Take Me to the River won an audience award at […]