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Experts Available to Discuss 2017 Oscar Nominations

George Watson

January 24, 2017


Texas Tech University experts in film, theatre and pop culture are available to discuss the nominations for the 89th annual Academy Awards. The Oscars awards show is scheduled for Feb. 26.

Tim Day


Film instructor, Department of English

Day teaches screenwriting, race and gender in film, Journalism and Cinema, and Sports and American film. He is a regular host for special events at Alamo Drafthouse and writes reviews via his website: Day at the Movies, where he reviews movies, including best and worst of the year. The best two movies in 2016, according to Day, were "La La Land" and "Hell or High Water;" La La Land has created quite a bit of Oscar buzz and has won several Golden Globes already.

(806) 577-9267 or tim.day@ttu.edu

Paul Allen Hunton


General manager, Texas Tech Public Media 
Instructor, College of Media & Communication

Hunton is an award-winning director and filmmaker who served as director for the climate-change themed documentary "Between Earth and Sky," which was recently selected to be screened at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington D.C. this spring. Hunton is a two-time Emmy Award winner from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the Lonestar Region for his work in non-fiction directing.

(806) 834-5001 or paul.hunton@ttu.edu

Dean Nolen


Headacting/directing program,
School of Theatre and Dance

For more than 20 years Nolen has written and edited "The Film Encyclopedia," considered the most comprehensive English-language film encyclopedia, and has been an actor on film and television shows for more than 30 years. Nolen is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and votes in the SAG Awards; he sees virtually all of the Oscar-nominated films and actors usually before the films reach the movie theatres.

(806) 834-6656 or dean.nolen@ttu.edu


Rob Peaslee


Associate professor and chairman,
Department of Journalism & Electronic Media

Peaslee teaches film and television screenwriting, film industry studies, visual communication and culture, and media anthropology. Peaslee is also the coordinator of the Texas Tech International Film Series

(806) 834-2562 or robert.peaslee@ttu.edu

Paul N. Reinsch


Assistant professor of practice in cinema, School of Theatre and Dance

Reinsch is an American film historian and has been studying and writing about film for more than 20 years. He teaches the Introduction to Cinema course as well as courses on film adaptation and music videos.

(806) 834-6087 (office), (425) 999-9135 (cell)
or paul.n.reinsch@ttu.edu

Rob Weiner


Pop culture librarian,
Texas Tech University Libraries

Weiner has published articles in "Movies in American History" and "Too Bold for the Box Office" and is co-editor of "From the Grindhouse to the Arthouse." He can discuss what films have created the most buzz in the last year and compare Oscar winners of the past to the current Hollywood pool as well as what viewers should expect from the winners this year.

(806) 834-5126 or rob.weiner@ttu.edu

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