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Experts Available to Discuss 2018 Oscar Nominations

Amanda Castro-Crist

January 23, 2018


Texas Tech University experts in film, theater and pop culture can discuss films like “The Shape of Water,” which leads this year with 13 nominations.


Texas Tech University experts in film, theater and pop culture are available to discuss the nominations for the 90th annual Academy Awards, which were released on Tuesday. The Oscars show is scheduled for March 4.

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.

(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 selected to be screened at the 2017 Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C. Hunton is a three-time Emmy Award winner from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the Lonestar Region for his work in non-fiction directing. He serves as co-chair of the Flatland Film Festival.

(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 also is the coordinator of the Texas Tech International Film Series and serves as co-chair of the Flatland Film Festival.

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

Randall Rapstine


Graduate teaching and research assistant, School of Theatre and Dance

Rapstine is a non-traditional graduate student in the School of Theatre & Dance and a member of the Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity.  Off-Broadway, he directed Margaret Cho's “The Sensuous Woman.” He returned to Texas Tech after an extensive career as a professional actor, director, casting assistant, producer, playwright and screenwriter in Los Angeles and New York. 

(806) 834-3338 or randall.rapstine@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, and has taught courses in film theory, genre and U.S. and international film history.

(806) 834-6087 (office), (425) 999-9135 (mobile)
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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