Author Archive: Elaine Hegwood Bowen
Elaine Hegwood Bowen is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She is the proud parent of "the smart rapper"--chemist-turned-rapper, Psalm One!
Homegoings is a great documentary about an undertaker in Harlem, New York, named Isaiah Owens. The documentary is now being aired on Public Broadcasting Service’s POV (Point of View) program via streaming. Owens says that he always knew that he had a calling to be an undertaker. Even as a young boy, he played funerals […]
In this stunning debut feature, A Little Closer plays out in the vein of Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. Single mom Sheryl works as a house cleaner during the day to make ends (barely) meet and at night looks for love at a dead-end community dance hall. Her younger son Stephen, played by Eric Baskerville, flirts heavily […]
The Happy Poet is an all-organic, mostly vegetarian comedy about Bill, a struggling poet who pours his heart, soul, and last few dollars into starting a healthy food stand, surprising friends and customers with his dry wit and offbeat passion. Motivated by help from a rag-tag group of supporters and a budding romance with a […]
Bert and Arnie’s Guide to Friendship is a story of two men who were complete strangers but who share a common denominator—one man’s wife was sleeping with the other man. After many lies and the truth finally unfolding, Bert discovers that his wife, Linda, is having an affair with Arnie. Arnie probably doesn’t realize that […]
Breaking Glass Picture’s new release is a movie called From the Head, which examines the life of a men’s room attendant named Shoes. It’s New York City in 1995, and Shoes works in a strip joint that is always busy with men from all walks of life trying to forget their troubles with booze and broads. […]
In America, 75% of all the nail salons are owned and operated by Vietnamese. For his directorial debut, Minh Duc Nguyen, a first-generation Vietnamese immigrant and a graduate of the University of Southern California’s prestigious Cinematic Arts program, chose this humble backdrop for a film about the power of human touch, with memorable performances by […]