On Film

Saturdays at 11am

On Film has aired weekly on KTEP since 1993 and covers contemporary and classic films, filmmaking, film industry developments and the talents of local filmmakers through insightful interviews, reviews and commentary.

  The Milagro Beanfield War...Easy Rider...Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.  These were just a few classic films shot in New Mexico.  What was it about the Land of Enchantment that drew Hollywood like bees to honey?  Jeff Berg joins us to tell us about his new book, NEW MEXICO FILMMAKING, which explores the history of filmmaking in New Mexico, which dates back to the late 19th century.

Jeff will also be presenting his "Made in New Mexico" film program on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 1:30 p.m., at the Rio Grande Theatre in Las Cruces.  http://www.riograndetheatre.com/event/226190

Aired Nov 21, 2015

  Madeline Moya is the managing director of the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI), and she joins us on the next ON FILM to tell us about TAMI's online exhibit AMATEUR AMATEURS, which features films by amateur Texas filmmakers. The films include a 1964 black & white horror film by tailor, magician, and filmmaker Ramon Galindo...a comedy by two brothers who filmed a slapstick comedy while they were in high school...and socially-conscious films by a teacher and self-taught photographer.


Aired Nov. 14, 2015.


  El Pasoans are eagerly awaiting the opening of our very first Alamo Drafthouse, which offers a unique movie-going experience, including a full-service restaurant, bar, "ninja" wait staff, and theme nights.  Neil Billingsley-Michaelson, President & CEO of Triple Tap Ventures, and Robert Saucedo, Programming Director of Triple Tap Ventures, join us to give us the latest updates on what we can expect in early summer 2016.  

Updates are available at https://drafthouse.com/el-paso and https://www.facebook.com/AlamoEP.

Aired Nov. 7, 2015


   This online-only extended interview features local film buffs Kyle Alvarado, Jeanne Creel, and Oscar Garza as they talk about which movies sends shivers up their collective spines.  If you're looking for a good supernatural flick, they recommend The Haunting (1963) and The Cabin in the Woods.  If classic films are more your style, the gang suggests Curse of the Demon (1958) and Bucket of Blood (1959).  If you can't get enough zombies, werewolves, and vampires, don't miss Only Lovers Left Alive, Dawn of the Dead (classic or remake), and Let the Right One In (the original Swedish version).

If you'd like a complete list of Kyle's, Jeanne's, Oscar's and Charles' picks, email Norma Martinez at normam@utep.edu.

Happy Halloween!

Aired Oct. 31, 2015


   The 1966 film "Manos: The Hands of Fate" was filmed in and around El Paso and is considered by many critics to be the Worst Film Ever Made.  It reared its ugly head in a classic episode of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" and has since remained a notorious pop culture icon.  Ben Solovey joins us on this program to talk about his journey to painstakingly restore this "classic" film, which is now available on video on demand and Blu-Ray.  http://www.manosinhd.com/

Aired Oct. 24, 2015

  Architecture is as important a component to a film as is an actor or a director. The Texas Tech College of Architecture is hosting a Architecture Film Series that will highlight some amazing films with equally amazing architecture.  Jennifer Hill of the Texas Tech College of Architecture joins us to talk about the fall series of films which will screen monthly at the El Paso Museum of Art. http://www.depts.ttu.edu/elpaso/arch/?page_id=678 or call 915-594-2030.Oct 24: Blade RunnerNov 14: Mulholland Dr.Dec 12: In the Mood for LoveFilms are free and screen at 11am at the El Paso Museum of Art. Aired Oct. 17, 2015

Saul Bass was a graphic designer whose movie posters and motion picture title sequences were instantly recognizable.  The Man with the Golden Arm...Vertigo...Psycho...Anatomy of a Murder.  In this re-broadcast from Nov. 22, 2014, Charles talks with Jan-Christopher Horak (no relation), the author of a comprehensive book about the life & work of Saul Bass.  Chris explains how Saul Bass made the transition from advertising artist to one of Hollywood's greatest artists, and we'll also hear about the unresolved controversy over whether Saul Bass - NOT Alfred Hitchcock - was responsible for the famous shower scene sequence in "Psycho."  

In this online-only extended interview, we'll learn more about why Bass' minimalist design was so foreign to the Hollywood imagery of the day, and why Otto Preminger and other directors were so drawn to Bass' designs.

Learn more about the book "Saul Bass: Anatomy of Film Design" at http://www.kentuckypress.com/live/title_detail.php?titleid=3865#.VG5HJjTF98E

Aired Oct. 10, 2015.

  Film historian and Sunset Film Society President Jay Duncan joins us to talk about the October films that will be screened as part of the weekly Classic Film Series at the International Museum of Art.  THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN kicks things off on Oct. 3...followed by THE NIGHT GALLERY, MISERY, and HOUSE OF WAX.  Plus...the Sunset Film Society presents a Horror Movie Triple-Feature on Oct. 25 at Ardovino's Desert Crossing...featuring THE INVISIBLE MAN, THE HORROR OF DRACULA, and THE SIXTH SENSE.

Learn more at http://www.sunsetfilmsociety.org.

Aired Oct. 3, 2015

 In a rebroadcast from Aug. 16, 2014, Charles talks with Ben & David Stanton, El Paso natives and Los Angeles residents who make a living writing music for movies, TV, and video games.  They talk about the unique challenges and freedoms that come with composing for games.  Learn more about Ben & David at http://www.thebrothersstanton.com/

Aired Sept. 26, 2015.

  In September 2014, 43 Mexican student-teachers went missing in Guerrero, Mexico. They still have not been found, and rumors swirl of a massacre and a government cover-up.  Charles Horak talks with Charlie Minn tells us about his latest film "43" which investigates the disappearance of the 43 students, and features interviews with the students' families.

Aired Sept 19, 2015.

  Host Charles Horak talks with Vladan Nikolic, writer, producer, editor, and director of the independently-released film ALLURE.  The film follows the lives of 4 women living in New York City - a Chinese student filmmaker, a Mexican immigrant, a French journalist, and an Estonian escort.  Nikolic talks about the real-life inspiration behind the film, and why he chose to digitally distribute his film.  

Learn more at http://www.allurethefilm.com/.

This is an online-only expanded version of the on-air interview, which aired Sept 12, 2015.

  In a rebroadcast from March 14, 2015, Charles talks with journalist & author Mark Harris, whose latest book is "Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War."  Just out in paperback, the book follows 5 acclaimed Hollywood directors who covered WWII - John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens.  Mark explains what the directors were expecting when they went to war, and how they changed when they returned.  In this expanded, online-only interview, Mark also talks about John Ford's experiences on D-Day, and how reading the directors' letters helped him better understand the men behind the camera.

Aired September 5, 2015.

  Charles Horak talks with Carlos Corral, producer & partner with Mindwarp Entertainment, and host of EP Film.  Corrall talks about the unique nature of the El Paso film scene, and the cooperation and networking that takes place amongst area filmmakers.  

Aired Aug. 29, 2015


   Charles welcomes back Steve Wilson, author of "The Making of Gone with the Wind," which is also the name of an exhibit curated by Wilson at the Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin.  This classic 1939 film celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.  In this online-only extended interview, Wilson talks about all the major actresses  who were considered for the role of Scarlet, why Vivien Leigh was selected for the role, and why casting Clark Gable was so important in getting the movie made.  They also discuss the controversy coming from all sides over the film's depiction of slavery and race.  Lastly, we'll hear why Rhett Butler's famous last line was nearly re-written.  Learn more about the book and exhibit at http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/visit/gwtw/

Aired Oct. 11, 2014.

  Charles welcomes Steve Wilson, author of "The Making of Gone with the Wind," also the title of an exhibit at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, of which Wilson is the curator.  We'll hear some fascinating behind-the-scenes facts about this classic film, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.  Hear about the open casting call for the role of Scarlet, the years of preparation just to get the film off the ground, and the doubts about the film's success.  Part 1 of a 2-part interview.  Learn more about the exhibit at http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/visit/gwtw/.

Aired Oct. 4, 2014.

  Archie Comics didn't have superheroes as their main characters.  Archie, Betty, and Veronica were average teens living lives that often paralleled those of their readers.  Host Charles Horak talks to filmmaker Gerald Peary, whose latest documentary, ARCHIE'S BETTY, investigates whether these iconic characters were based on real people.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Archies-Betty/1638526546375839

ARCHIE'S BETTY screens as part of the Plaza Classic Film Festival on Aug. 13 at 7:30pm in the Foundation Room of the Mills Building, 303 N. Oregon.  $5 admission.  http://plazaclassic.com

Aired Aug. 8, 2015

  Guest host Kyle Alvarado talks with El Paso actress Yvette Yates, who's been making waves in Hollywood (she was recently seen in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice").  Yvette's latest project is "Bloodsucking Bastards," a horror comedy which also stars Fran Kranz, Pedro Pascal, and Emma Fitzpatrick.  She shares her experiences working with Paul Thomas Anderson and with the cast and crew of "Bloodsucking Bastards." 

Yvette will be back in her hometown on Fri. Aug. 7 for a screening of "Bloodsucking Bastards" at the Plaza Classic Film Festival.  That screening begins at 7:30pm at the Plaza Philanthropy Theatre.  http://plazaclassic.com/

In a rebroadcast from Jan. 31, 2015,  Charles talks with Madeline Moya, curator and producer of the online exhibit "When Texas Saw Red," produced by the Texas Archive of the Moving Image.  The exhibit explores the Cold War through moving images captured in government films, propaganda films, and home movies shot by Texas citizens.  In this online-only expanded interview, Madeline explains how the exhibit opened her eyes to the complexities of the Cold War...complexities that were not taught in the schools she was attending.  http://www.texasarchive.org/library/index.php?title=News:When_Texas_Saw_Red

Visit the Texas Archive of the Moving Image on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/texasarchive

Aired July 25, 2015.

    Charles talks with former film studies instructor Jeanne Creel about two of the summer's biggest draws: Pixar's INSIDE OUT and TERMINATOR GENISYS.  Charles & Jeanne talk about the astounding depth found in Pixar's latest animated feature, and about the welcome return of Arnold Schwarzenegger in the latest addition to the Terminator saga.  Plus, they'll also offer some recommendations on what to stream on your TV or computer.

Aired July 18, 2015.

  Charles welcomes Doug Pullen, Program Director of the Plaza Classic Film Festival, for a preview of what we can expect at this year's Plaza Classic.  The world's largest film festival will feature Gone with the Wind...Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan...Deer Hunter...Back to the Future...and many, many more.  Special guest appearances by Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) and Cindy Williams (American Graffiti) are also expected.  This year's festival is Aug. 5-16 at the histori Plaza Theatre, which celebrates its 85th anniversary this year. 

  Charles welcomes back film historian Jay Duncan, who tells us about the latest weekly film series being presented by the Sunset Film Society at the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana.  Free screenings begin Saturday, July 11 at 2pm, with 1960's The Time Machine.  All screenings are free, and movie goers will be treated to concessions such as popcorn and snacks, and weekly screening of the 1941 serial, Captain Marvel.

  Charles talks with Bianca Castrejón, camp leader with Latinitas.  Latinitas will be hosting a number of media-related camps for girls in grades 4-8 in order to build self confidence through script writing, acting, filming, and video editing.  The camps are half-days or full-days from July 13th through the 17th, and take place at Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere.  

  Charles talks with Ray Sanchez, owner of Ghostlight Creative, about the upcoming Ghostlight 48-Hour Film Slam.  This competition invites filmmakers to create an 8-minute short film from scratch in a period of 48 hours.  Filmmakers have to pull a genre from a hat, include a pre-determined line of dialogue and a pre-determined scene in their movies, so no pre-produced films are allowed!  Filmmakers meet June 26 at 6 p.m. at Olo Gallery in the Union Plaza District Downtown.  Learn more at http://www.ghostlightevents.com/.

Aired June 20, 2015

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  Charles talks with Austin Savage, who is asking aspiring screenwriters to attend weekly screenwriting workshops that focus not on the story itself, but on the act of storyMAKING.  The workshops are not just for writing screenplays, but for developing plays or even pilots.  In this online-only extended version of the interview, Austin explains why workshops such as these are important for encouraging collaboration and drawing inspiration and support from others.

Writers are invited to meet Wednesdays at 7pm at Glasbox, 210 Poplar.  $10 donation requested.  For information, call Austin Savage, 915-412-5283.

Aired June 13, 2015

  Charles talks with filmmaker Mark Aitken, director of the documentary "Dead When I got Here," when follows the patients of a mental asylum set in the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.  The asylum is run by a former patient, and the facility has become a place of hope for these individuals whose lives were altered forever by the drug violence affecting the city.  This is an exclusive online extended interview with Aitken.  http://www.deadwhenigothere.org/

Aired June 6, 2015.

  Charles talks with Joan Kramer, co-author with David Heeley, of "In the Company of Legends."  The book recollects Kramer & Heeley's decades-long collaboration in profiling Hollywood legends for PBS and TCM.  Kramer explains how the profiles gave audiences a behind-the-scenes, down-to-earth view of their favorite Hollywood stars, including Katharine Hepburn, Johnny Carson, and Frank Sinatra.  

Aired May 30, 2015

  Charles and Kyle Alvarado of the El Paso Times talk about some of the strong women that dominated the box office last weekend.  "Pitch Perfect 2" and "Mad Max: Fury Road" might not have a lot in common, but their powerful female leads made an impression on moviegoers.  They'll discuss the films and offer their picks on what you may have missed in the cinema and on TV.

Aired May 23, 2015.

  There is no love like a mother's love, and on this show, Charles talks with film enthusiast & collector Jay Duncan about the famous mothers in cinema.  Jay is also director of the Sunset Film Society which is screening one of the great all-time mother-centric films, "Mildred Pierce" (1945), on Sunday, May 17 at noon, at Ardovino's Desert Crossing http://www.sunsetfilmsociety.org/.

Charles & Jay share their recommended list of mom movies under various categories:

BALANCING ACT: Erin Brokovitch...As Good as It Gets...The Incredibles...Imitation of Life...Mrs Miniver...I Remember Mama...Aliens...Terms of Endearment...Mildred Pierce...Stella Dallas...The Thin Man.

TO BE OR NOT TO BE: Juno...Knocked Up...Philomena.

SURROGATE MOMS:  Aliens...Snow White & the Seven Dwarves...The Blind Side...Auntie Mame...Raising Arizona.

MOTHERHOOD - THE HORROR: Psycho...Carrie...Rosemary's Baby...The Manchurian Candidate..The Babadook.

Aired May 16, 2015.

  Charles talks with Ken Winoker, music producer and member of the Psychedelic Cinema Orchestra.  Winoker and his fellow band mates have orchestrated the images of filmmaker Ken Brown, whose trippy works were often shown in the backdrop  of concerts in the late `60s by Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, and even B.B. King.  Learn more about Ken Brown at http://www.kenbrownpixpop.com/.

View a sample of the Psychedelic Cinema Orchestra's take on "Wavey Lines" here: 

Aired May 9, 2015

  Charles welcomes Jennifer Fischer of Think Ten Media Group and producer of the web series, "The wHOLE," a dramatic series that shines a light on the reality of solitary confinement and mass incarceration.  Learn more at http://www.thewholeseries.com/, and help the filmmakers' funding efforts at http://www.seedandspark.com/studio/whole.

Aired May 2, 2015.