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Houston Baptist University | December 14, 2017

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Media Studies

Professor Coleman Published in Image Journal

July 31, 2017 | Bearden Coleman, associate professor of Cinema, Media Arts, and Writing, was recently published in a film-focused issue of Image Journal. The essay, as part of a series of articles about the films that help you live better, takes a closer look at Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master and the way it helps viewers see the world more clearly and honestly.

Documentary Featuring HBU Professor Now Available

September 16, 2016 | A new feature-length documentary has been released, offering a fresh perspective on the polarizing Star Wars prequel trilogy. Joshua Sikora, chair of HBU's Cinema & New Media Arts program, was interviewed for the film and is featured extensively, speaking to the cinematic and mythological foundations of George Lucas' classic sci-fi saga.

New Trailer for Documentary Featuring Joshua Sikora

August 15, 2016 |

Check out the new trailer for The Prequels Strike Back, a documentary about the Star Wars saga produced by Bradley Weatherholt and his team at Ministry of Cinema.

Joshua Sikora, director of Cinema & …

Sikora Interviewed for Documentary

July 19, 2015 |

This weekend, Cinema & New Media Arts program director Joshua Sikora was interviewed for the Ministry of Cinema‘s upcoming film, The Prequels Strike Back — a feature-length documentary exploring the artistry and innovation in George …

Cinema of Malick: Capturing Augustinian Beauty

July 6, 2015 | One of the most common descriptions applied to Terrence Malick’s films is that they are beautiful, and with good reason. His strict adherence to a set of dogma-inspired rules for cinematography shines through in his later films, while his attention to nature lays a peaceful groundwork for all of his films...

Films of Lucas: Redemption of the Father

June 25, 2015 | From Darth Vader’s infamous line “I am your father” to the dynamic interplay of Indiana Jones and Henry Jones Sr., father-son relationships have played an integral part in George Lucas’ most famous films. “Almost all of our films are about fathers and sons,” Lucas once commented, referring also to the works of his longtime friend and collaborator...

Cinema of Malick: Eliot and the Discipline of Art

June 23, 2015 | I think that Terrence Malick understands art as a kind of discipline, and one place where he shows what art should do is by showing discipline with the wrong objectives. In The Tree of Life, there is a difficult scene where the dad gets angry at his sons at the dinner table, seemingly for being disrespectful...

Films of Lucas: The Master and the Apprentice

June 20, 2015 | 5 Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of the most pivotal characters in the entire Star Wars saga. A strong argument exists that Obi-Wan not only plays a critical part in helping Luke reject the Dark Side, but long before that is also influential in pushing Anakin away from the Light. Both Anakin and his son are under Obi-Wan’s training, yet one falls and the other does not...

Cinema of Malick: Tarkovsky’s Disruption of the Soul

June 13, 2015 | Terrence Malick is an unconventional filmmaker. In a time when mainstream American cinema lives and dies by its entertainment value, and independent cinema is still trying to get out from under it, Malick is one of the few American directors who doesn’t seem to care if you’re entertained...

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...