Tuesday, March 2, 2021
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. The​ Pan African Film Festival​ announced that ​“The Water Man,” David Oyelowo’s feature directorial debut, will open the 29th edition of the Festival. The celebration ​will be held virtually this year on February 28 at 6:30 p.m. PT. A Q&A with the filmmaker and actors...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. The award-winning film “Feeling Through” has been breaking barriers. Not only does it star a Deaf/Blind actor, but the director Doug Roland has been holding fully accessible screenings across America (first in person and now virtually). The film was inspired by a chance meeting Roland had late...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. As schoolboys, Giles Terera and Dan Poole were made to feel that Shakespeare wasn’t for them – as actors, they now feel very differently. This documentary follows Dan and Giles over the course of four years on their extraordinary journey around the world trying to...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. “Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities” – until February 25, 2021, Various directors, USA, 95 minutes “Not only will I stare, I want my look to change reality" - bell hooks  In this collection of six shorts, filmmakers gaze at themselves and their world, attempting to make...
A charismatic activist works to build a better Chicago for the teens in his neglected community even if it comes at the cost of his home, his family, and his safety By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. The Slamdance Festival (February 12th-25th, 2021) features the world premiere of the insightful documentary “A Tiny Ripple...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. Disney's “Flora & Ulysses” is a comedy-adventure based on the Newbery Award-winning book about 10-year-old Flora, an avid comic book fan and a self-avowed cynic, whose parents have recently separated. After rescuing a squirrel she names Ulysses, Flora is amazed to discover he possesses unique...
Or is it Tekashi Snitch 9ine? By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. “Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine” is a documentary series that profiles the hip-hop artist Tekashi 6ix9ine’s epic rise to notoriety and spectacular fall to convicted criminal. He came on the scene in 2012 and more prominently in late 2017....
Preserving and Persevering: featuring special collaborations with GRAMMY Award winners - Ms. Lisa Fischer, Ranky Tanky and Peter CottonTale Thursday, February 25 at 7 p.m.  Choir founded in direct response to Civil Rights Movement in 1956 Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC), a nonprofit organization that inspires and unites youth from diverse backgrounds to...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. “America needed to see what we were struggling with as a people of color. Art without content is not art. My job was to bring the best that Black America had to offer”—Harry Belafonte Normally, during February, which is Black History Month, people all across America...
In case you missed it during our 20th anniversary celebration (The HistoryMakers 20@2020) or if you saw it and want to see it again, TUNE IN TO our YouTube Channel today to view: Tributes by Angela Davis about 2002 when she interviewed Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee and Rickey Smiley talking about (2003), and...