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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...

An Evening of Monologues

May 3, 2015 |

This weekend, our Cinema & New Media Arts acting students put on a special Evening of Monologues to showcase their developing talents. Directed by Professor Jesse GrothOlson, the presentation was full of drama, humor, and …

Students Demo Oculus Rift VR System

May 2, 2015 |

We’re always looking forward to what opportunities technology will unlock for the next generation of storytellers and artists. This last week, our Cinema & New Media Arts students tried out HBU’s new Oculus Rift VR system …

Dr. Reno Lauro Shares Insight with CNMA Students

April 30, 2015 |

This semester, our CNMA students are studying the cinematic work of Terrence Malick, the brilliant and elusive filmmaker behind The Tree of Life, The Thin Red Line, and Days of Heaven. We were …

3rd Annual HBU Writers’ Conference

April 11, 2015 |

Everything we do in the Cinema & New Media Arts program at HBU is based around artistic foundations, practical experience, and an eye towards the future. At this year’s 3rd Annual HBU Writers’ Conference, we couldn’t …

Introducing “The Essentials” Screening Series

February 8, 2015 |

This Tuesday, February 10, we’ll begin a new film screening series called The Essentials to introduce students to some of the great “essential” films that form the foundations of our modern cinema.

We’re kicking the series …

New Quadcopter Camera Rig for Students

December 1, 2014 |

Our CNMA program just acquired a new Phantom quadcopter camera rig. Our students (and professors) haven’t put it down since it arrived!…

Professor TenNapel’s “VeggieTales in the House” Premieres!

November 26, 2014 |

Check out the brand-new VeggieTales TV show, “VeggieTales In the House” developed and executive produced by our very own Cinema & New Media Arts professor, Doug TenNapel — it premieres on Netflix today!

Professor TenNapel …

Interview with Spectrum Filmmaker

January 7, 2014 |

In addition to being the Online Editor of the Cinema & New Media Arts, I also collaborate with program director Joshua Sikora and his independent film company, New Renaissance Pictures. Last year we began releasing an