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!
I Am Yours is a film where the main female lead is looking for love in all the wrong places, not to overuse a tired phrase. The film marries two cultures as it follows young single mother Mina (Amrita Acharia) juggling 6-year-old Felix’s upbringing in Oslo and her troublesome relationship with her traditional Pakistani family […]
Coming Home is a great film that looks at what happens to someone who has served a lot of time in prison—whether for something that they didn’t do or for something for which they could easily be held accountable. Directed by New Yorker Viko Nikci, Coming Home will have its international premiere at DOC NYC […]
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 […]