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About Joshua Sikora

Joshua Sikora

Joshua Sikora

Joshua Sikora is the director of the Cinema & New Media Arts program at Houston Baptist University. An award-winning filmmaker and new media entrepreneur, Sikora has written, produced, or directed more than a dozen productions including feature films, TV series, and documentaries. Committed to high-quality, low-budget filmmaking, he has a passion for the freedom and creativity that independent cinema offers. Before joining HBU, Sikora founded New Renaissance Pictures and, partnering with Hulu and YouTube for a variety of popular web-based productions. Sikora has also extensively studied the cinematic work of George Lucas and is featured in the documentary The Prequels Strike Back. His analysis of the Star Wars saga can be explored at

Posts By Joshua Sikora

Notes from SXSW: Days 6 & 7

March 20, 2016 | Could there actually be more to learn about virtual reality? Turns out, yes! The last couple days of the conference took a more practical look at what’s possible in virtual reality today and where these new technologies will take us within the next decade.

Notes from SXSW: Day 5

March 17, 2016 | Virtual reality dominated the conference once again. On day five, we look at the promising future of VR and the wondrous uses people have already found for it. Learn how VR is making our world a better place in these highlights from South by Southwest...

Notes from SXSW: Day 4

March 16, 2016 | Virtual reality is “the next big thing” being explored in earnest at SXSW this year, and the next three days will be primarily dedicated to sessions focused on this emerging medium.

Notes from SXSW: Day 3

March 15, 2016 | Day three here at South by Southwest was marked by opportunity — a glimpse at many of the new developments that have the potential for great good, if used well. Here are the highlights...

Notes from SXSW: Day 2

March 14, 2016 | My second day at South by Southwest focused more on the impact of new technologies on the commerce of independent film and developing media. Here are some of the highlights...

Notes from SXSW: Day 1

March 13, 2016 | It’s spring break, so while my students rest up or catch up, I’m off to Austin for the South by Southwest Festival & Conference — the largest annual gathering of filmmakers, musicians, and innovators in Texas. Here are my notes from the various sessions, keynotes, and films I’ve had the opportunity to attend...

CGI Isn’t the Problem: In Hollywood, Reality’s Not Guaranteed

June 16, 2015 |

As another summer of blockbusters rolls around, it seems like the audience may finally be losing its appetite for computer-generated images (CGI) — at least if articles like this or this are to be believed. Across …

Gravity: The Best Film of 2013

January 17, 2014 |

Gravity is a film not to be missed on the big-screen. It’s even one of those rare films that truly benefits from the 3D experience. Gearing up for awards season, Gravity is back in theaters for

Stepping Back: The Key to Star Wars

May 25, 2013 |

“One of the things that I’m doing in these films, to give it a little bit of a reality, is to give the shots a kind of documentary feel, where things float off the shot. I …

The Forgotten Virtue of Star Trek

May 17, 2013 | 3

Star Trek speaks to some basic human needs: that there is a tomorrow — it’s not all going to be over with a big flash and a bomb; that the human race is improving; that …