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Featuring: Joshua Sikora, Cate MacDonald, and Dr. John Mark Reynolds
The old regime is changing.
Digital media and the internet mean that anyone can make films, anywhere.
That’s why Houston Baptist University has hired Joshua Sikora, an independent film director who has had success outside the studio system, to lead its new Cinema & New Media Arts program.
In this podcast Josh talks about the difference between media and film, the emerging need for more creative jobs than technical, and the advantages of being in Houston.
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Keep up with the Cinema & New Media Arts program at their blog: cinema.hbu.edu
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To view my full resume/vita, please click here.
My new book Literature: A Student’s Guide (Crossway, 2012) can now be purchased through Amazon at this link—Amazon is currently offering it for ½ off (only $6), so do check out the link.
My other new book, On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis (Moody, October, 2012) can now be pre-ordered from Amazon at this link.
To see my all my books available at Amazon, click this link.
I have co-written a screenplay on C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien (The Lion Awakes) that is currently in pre-production. Click this link for information.
On Thursday, August 16, at 6:30pm, I will give a talk titled “The Eye of the Beholder: How to See the World like a Romantic Poet,” for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. The speech is part of the MFA’s artful Thursday program and is free and open to the public.
In the Fall of 2012, I will teach a special class on The Chronicles of Narnia at HBU that will be opened to members of the Houston community. To sign up to sit in on the class (at a cost of only $150, which is 1/3 the normal auditing price) please click this link.
I have adapted the Helen of Euripides into modern English poetry. The play will be performed at HBU on Friday, November 9, and off-Broadway starting September 11. To buy tickets for the off-Broadway showing, click this link. (At a later date, I will provide a link to purchase tickets for the HBU showing).
To hear me give a 17-minute talk on my adaptation, click here.
Do you actually move in virtual reality?
Yes, I think so. As a friend pointed out some physical assets were moved from one server to another and I now type a different web address to reach my page. This change in 0’s and 1’s exist.
I may no longer write at Disneyland, but please keep your hands and arms inside this new vehicle. My old friends at Scriptorium Daily will keep engaging in digital martyrdom, though they will suffer less now that I am gone. Having moved from Southern California for the weather here in Houston, my Macbook Air is now equipped with a dehumidifier.
My new Internet home now has all my old writing moved into it and you can rummage through the attic of my blogging mind. You will discover my imperfections there, but also that I keep trying out new ideas.
I hope charity covers a multitude of grammatical sins.
What is next? You can expect to hear about movies, Disney, Plato, Russia, the Packers, the Titanic, theater, Christianity, civilization and all my discontents. In short, the new house will be like the old house only with air conditioning . . . which intellectually may mean I become cool or my new blog home will be a hipster site.
The next few months will see a series of exciting new media and academic announcements at Houston Baptist University and I hope to be part of quite a few of them.
(I am thankful to Robin Dembroff, Randall and Kate Gremillion, and Pope Benedict XVI for input in to this column. Izzy Gremillion also helped, but she hates parenthetical references so I cannot mention her.)
If you have not already received it, you will soon find in your mailbox the latest issue of The City for Winter 2008. It features many interesting articles, focusing in large part on American politics and the recent historic presidential election. There are also some excellent pieces on what it means to be a young evangelical, and the undercurrent of faith in the works of Cormac McCarthy.
The contents are as follows – we’ll be posting some of these here over the coming weeks:
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Joseph Knippenberg + David Blankenhorn
Francis Cianfrocca + Susan McWilliams
Peter Lawler + Ryan T. Anderson
The New Evangelical Scandal + Matthew Lee Anderson
The Muslim Other + Louis Markos
God’s Love & Life’s Storms + Tony Woodlief
Faith, Fear & Cormac McCarthy : Christopher Badeaux
Grand New Party? : Jon D. Schaff
Schama’s America : Joshua Trevino
The Poetry of Salvation : Micah Mattix
With two poems by the award-winning Catherine Tufariello and the Word Spoken by John Witherspoon.
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