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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Theresa is a Mother

Theresa is a Mother

| September 30, 2015

The film Theresa is a Mother has proven to be a hit on the festival circuit with more than a dozen audience and jury awards. The movie follows the titular parent (played by writer-director C. Fraser Press) as she picks herself up and learns whether you can go home again.  Veteran actors Edie McClurg (Ferris […]

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The Farewell Party

The Farewell Party

| September 22, 2015

The Farewell Party is a serious, and surprisingly funny story of a group of friends at a Jerusalem retirement home who decide to help their terminally ill friend. When rumors of their assistance begin to spread, more and more people ask for their help, and the friends are faced with a life and death dilemma. […]

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The Chambermaid

The Chambermaid

| September 13, 2015

The Chambermaid tells the story of Lynn, who is the most meticulous chambermaid in her hotel, leaving no shelf undusted and no sheet untucked. Crippled by shyness, she rummages through guests belongings and even hides under their beds, vicariously experiencing their conversations, meals, and discreet interludes. After clandestinely observing an S&M session, Lynn discovers the […]

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The Lesson

The Lesson

| September 13, 2015

 The Lesson by Film Movement proves to be a hard lesson for Nade, who is an honest, hard-working elementary school teacher and devoted mother, struggling to keep her life together in a small Bulgarian town. Her unemployed, alcoholic husband has secretly spent their mortgage payments on booze; the agency where she translates legal documents for […]

3rd Annual Portland Film Festival

3rd Annual Portland Film Festival

| September 1, 2015

World Premiere – United States: Six Angry Women. It’s never actually mentioned when the six women are deciding the merit of the case where a security guard shoots and kills a young man, but we all know that in the film Six Angry Women that they’re essentially deciding the fate of acquitted Florida night watchman […]

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Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America

Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America

| August 27, 2015

The definitive documentary on Chicago native Don Cornelius and his revolutionary television dance show recently screened at the 21st Annual Black Harvest Film Festival. Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America should be required viewing for everyone. Cornelius would have been 79 in September, and his legacy as having the longest running dance show can’t be denied. […]

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3rd Annual Portland Film Festival

3rd Annual Portland Film Festival

| August 26, 2015

Portland Film Festival announced the feature film competition programs, opening and closing screenings, music and midnight sections, tribute presentations, northwest, and special screenings for the 2015 Portland Film Festival.  The 3rd Annual festival is a weeklong event of 214 screenings of feature length and short films from around the world, red carpet world premieres, tributes to filmmaking legends, […]

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Black Harvest Film Festival set at the Gene Siskel Film Center

Black Harvest Film Festival set at the Gene Siskel Film Center

| August 17, 2015

Through September 3, the Gene Siskel Film Center invites Chicago to celebrate the 21st edition of the “Black Harvest Film Festival,” exploring the stories, images, heritage and history of the Black experience in the United States and around the world through film and video. Talent is the key word in describing “Black Harvest:” an abundant […]

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Jackie and Ryan

Jackie and Ryan

| July 4, 2015

Jackie and Ryan is a love story, well maybe a love story. But it is definitely a story of two people who find each other at vulnerable times in their lives. Jackie, played by Katherine Heigl is a former singer at a crossroads in her marriage. She has taken her daughter and left her home […]

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Dope

Dope

| June 27, 2015

Dope can be defined as an illegal recreational drug; a person who isn’t too smart or, in street vernacular, something that is way past cool. In director Rick Famuyiwa’s breakout Sundance Film Fest comedy, Dope, the word takes on an entire new meaning. The geeks run everything in this movie, while they are running from […]