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Houston Baptist University | July 5, 2015

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The Cinema & New Media Arts program at Houston Baptist University provides a challenging creative environment for students to develop their artistic abilities and prepare for work in the rapidly expanding worlds of film, media, and the web.

The Cinema & New Media Arts program at Houston Baptist University provides a challenging creative environment for students to develop their artistic abilities and prepare for work in film, media, and the web. Explore our site to learn more about our educational opportunities, read featured articles from our faculty and partners, search our archive of resources for filmmakers, and connect with us on Facebook.

Cinema of Malick: Eliot and the Discipline of Art

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Films of Lucas: The Master and the Apprentice

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The Cinema of Capra, Part 3: Guts & Stardust

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Films of Lucas: Beyond East Meets West

May 26, 2015 | Star Wars has always revolved around the convergence of disparate cultures, both in the vast and eclectic worlds that the story spans and in the series’ aesthetic and thematic influences. When Star Wars premiered in 1977 it was the best possible version of the East-West crossover film, drawing from the lore and imagery of both classic samurai films and traditional westerns...

The Cinema of Capra, Part 2: Glimpses of Paradise

May 22, 2015 | In 1937 Frank Capra made his most expensive feature film to that date, the $2 million extravagant production of Lost Horizon. A year later he returned to a more modest production with You Can’t Take it With You. While the two films could not be more different with setting and atmosphere they have one very prominent feature in common...

The Cinema of Capra, Part 1: Pride & Humility

May 16, 2015 | “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” This excerpt from the book of James could very well describe any Frank Capra movie. Humility is a strong theme running through the moral center of each of his films. Capra’s own life story recalls the many times he himself was humbled. Growing up as a poor immigrant, he determined at a young age that an education was the way out of poverty...