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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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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What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music

What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music

| March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, Red Bull Music Academy recently released the full-length feature film What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music. Directed by award-winning director Ralf Schmerberg and shot at the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York, the film is available worldwide on digital release on redbullmusicacademy.com. What […]

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Lesson Before Love

Lesson Before Love

| February 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Lesson Before Love is a new movie from Breaking Glass Films that explores love, as four aspiring African-American professionals meet under weird circumstances that might have signaled love between the four of them, but love only seemed to catch fire with two of them. But within all four lives, Derick, Alexis, Cullen and Janae all […]

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African-American Leaders: Past & Present

African-American Leaders: Past & Present

| February 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Just in time for Black History Month and the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech is History®‘s phenomenal collection: African-American Leaders: Past & Present from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. This outstanding DVD set includes five films that tell the stories of five influential African Americans. The in-depth profiles of Frederick […]

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