On Film

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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 Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is a welcome addition to El Paso's cinematic landscape...and the FILM SALON will be screening its monthly series of films at Alamo beginning the first Saturday of July...with The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Host Charles Horak will be the GUEST on this program, as guest host Kyle Alvarado gets all the details for us.  

The Alamo Drafhouse Cinema is located at 250 E. Montecillo, and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre screens Saturday, July 2, at 7:30pm.  Admission is $3.  More information: http://www.filmsalon.org/

Aired June 25, 2016

  Two very different movies open in theatres recently - the big budget fantasy flick that was WARCRAFT, and the old-school scary film THE CONJURING 2. Are they worth your time and money? Find out on this program as host Charles Horak and guest Kyle Alvarado offer their expert opinions.

Aired June 18, 2016

  What do paletas and voting have in common? Amanda Formica and Ruben Chang of Paleta Power will join us to talk about their short film, now in production, that aims to engage the community to exercise their right to vote. Paleta Power has been showing up at community events asking the public to vote for their favorite popsicle flavor and gauge their interest in community events. Through their film, Amanda & Ruben hope to get the public excited about voting and connect with the issues.
http://www.votepaleta.org/

  

  Summer films are off to their traditional superhero start. X-MEN APOCALYPSE opened big, but didn't satisfy. THE NICE GUYS stars a couple of Hollywood heavyweights, and delivers a more satisfactory movie-going experience. But the best movie of the summer so far only played in El Paso for a week - A BIGGER SPLASH.
On this program, host Charles Horak and Jeanne Creel offer their thoughts on these releases.

Aired June 4, 2016

  Two women communicate with each other silently through their apartment windows. This is the basic premise of the short sci-fi film "WINDOWS" by Maru Buendia-Senties, a graduate of UTEP and UT Austin. She joins us on this talk about the finishing touches that she is making on the film before its screening on HBO later this year...and about the need for diversity in filmmaking, both in front of and behind the camera.

An Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign is currenlty underway for the film https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/windows-sci-fi-short#/

Follow developments at https://www.facebook.com/windowscifi/ and on Twitter https://twitter.com/windowsfilm.

Aired May 28, 2016

 

*Originally aired October 24, 2016** 

  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 May 21, 2016

  The 2nd annual Plaza Classic Film Camp invites kids ages 9 to 15 to conceive, write, storyboard, shoot, and edit their own films.  Doug Pullen, Program Director with the El Paso Community Foundation, and Juan Ferret, Film Camp organizer, join us to talk about this two-week intensive camp which focuses on the fundamentals of filmmaking, animation, acting, directing, and editing.  The camp takes place Aug 1-5 and Aug 8-12 from 9am-4pm, at the Main Library downtown, and the deadline to register is July 25.   

Register online at plazaclassic.com/summer_camp or by phone at 915-533-4020.  $300 before July 17, $325 after July 18.  Cost includes materials, lunch, snacks.  Limited scholarships available to El Paso & Juarez residents, deadline for scholarship application is July 10.

Aired May 14, 2016

  The Sunset Film Society and the International Museum of Art are hosting a free International Film Festival featuring films from Spain, France, and Poland.  Jay Duncan, president of the Sunset Film Society, and Christiane Gomez, president of the Alliance Française, join us to tell us about the festival, which kicks off on May 7 at 1pm with the groundbreaking 1902 silent film "A Trip to the Moon."  A trio of French, Polish, and Spanish films will follow...and films will continue to screen each Saturday at 2pm at 1211 Montana.

http://afofelpaso.com/events/2016/05/international-film-festival-3/

http://www.sunsetfilmsociety.org/

Aired May 7, 2016

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  Guest host Kyle Alvarado welcomes Oscar Garza, Creative Associate with the new Alamo Drafthouse in El Paso, to tell us more about the cinema's long-awaited opening in El Paso.  The theatre offers special screenings of new, classic, and independent films, specialty food & drinks served by a ninja staff, trivia nights for movie buffs, and much more!  The Alamo Drafthouse will have a Grand Opening on Friday, May 6, with the opening of Captain America: Civil War.  https://drafthouse.com/el-paso

Aired April 30, 2016

  Texas played a tremendous role in NASA's ambitions to get a man to the moon. The Texas Archive of the Moving Image has collected a number of broadcasts, films, and home movies that were not readily available to the public that document man's journey to the moon and the role that Texas played in that endeavor. On the next ON FILM, Afsheen Nomai, curator of the online exhibit A JOURNEY TO THE MOON THROUGH TEXAS, will share some of the stories behind those films, which are available for viewing at http://www.texasarchive.org/a_journey_to_the_moon/Aired April 23, 2016

  The 7th annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles is set to roll out the red carpet for guest artists like Angela Lansbury, Elliot Gould, Gina Lollobrigida, and many, many more. The festival features panels, discussions, and over 80 classic films, including "The King and I," "It's a Wonderful Life," and "King of Kings."  Charlie Tabesh, Senior Vice President for Programming at TCM joins us to give us all the details on this festival which takes place April 28-May 1.

http://filmfestival.tcm.com/

Aired April 16, 2016

  The Sunset Film Society is celebrating April with an Alfred Hitchcock noir classic, a post-war thriller starring Orson Welles, and a cinematic wonder about a ballerina torn between her passion for dance and the love of her husband.  Jay Duncan joins us on ON FILM to tell us more about the April screenings at the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana.

Alfred Hitchcock's "Rebecca" (1940) screens April 16 at 2pm.

Carol Reed's "The Third Man" (1949) screens April 23 at 2pm.

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's "The Red Shoes" (1948) screens April 30 at 2pm.

All screenings are preceded by a chapter of a classic 1936 Flash Gordon serial!  Screenings are free.

Plus, on April 17, the Sunset Film Society screens Giuseppe Tornatore's 1988 cinematic love letter, "Cinema Paradiso," at noon at Ardovino's Desert Crossing. 

http://www.sunsetfilmsociety.org/

Aired April 9, 2016

  Predictions are that Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will surpass the $1 billion mark globally.  Host Charles Horak welcomes Kyle Alvarado to talk about why this poorly-reviewed film with countless subplots is more of a means to launch a franchise than to stand on its own as a singular piece of filmmaking.

Charles and Kyle also talk about the future of the Marvel & DC comic book movies and why they seem to be much darker in a post-9/11 world.

Aired April 2, 2016

 

   Charles talks with Jeanne Creel, former Film Studies lecturer at the University of Texas at El Paso, about the ABC's annual Easter tradition of screening Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 epic, "The Ten Commandments."  They'll talk about why certain movies hold sway only during certain times of the year, and, though it's considered a timeless classic, how "The Ten Commandments" could be considered a metaphor for the Cold War.  Even to this day, Old Testament films ("Noah," "Exodus") reflect the social concerns of the day.

The Ten Commandments screens Sat. March 26 on ABC.

Charles and Jeanne also recommend the following spiritually-inspired films:

Babette's Feast (1987) / The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) / Philomena (2013) / The King of Kings (1927) / Ben Hur(1959) / Saving Grace (2000) / Noah (2014) / Exodus:Gods and Kings (2014)

More recommendations can be found at http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/

Aired March 26, 2016 (originally aired April 4, 2015)

  In the 1960s & `70s, Los Angeles County Hospital performed tubal ligation procedures on a number of Mexican-American women without their knowledge.  These little-known forced sterilizations led a number of these women to sue the doctors, the state, and the federal government.  The film's producer Virginia Espino joins us to talk more about why she chose to document these women's stories in the documentary, "No Más Bebés," which recently screened on PBS (http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/no-mas-bebes/).  

Espino will make an appearance at a screening of "No Más Bebés" on Wed. March 23 at 5 p.m., at the UTEP Union Cinema.

Aired March 19, 2016

  Late winter and early spring are usually when the cinematic dregs show up at the cinema, but two exceptions are in theatres now.  Jeanne Creel joins us to tell us about the PG-rated Disney animated film "Zootopia" and Tina Fey's latest release, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot."  These films play to entirely different audiences - find out which plays best for you!

Plus, if you can't make it to a movie theatre, Jeanne offers a streaming alternative for Shakespeare fans...and Charles makes a few suggestions if you still are suffering from "Downton Abbey" withdrawal.

Aired March 12, 2016

  The HOLLYWOOD SHORTIES were America's smallest professional basketball team. The team consisted of working actors in Hollywood who also happened to be little people. The team launched in the 1950s and continued to play into the 1980s. Hear their story with "The Hollywood Shorties" director, Ryan Steven Green on this edition of ON FILM. Ryan had a personal connection with the Shorties - his uncle was a little person who played with the team and who also played an Ewok in Return of the Jedi.   http://hollywoodshorties.net/

Aired March 5, 2016

  The Las Cruces International Film Festival is a 5-day festival that will feature films from all over the world, appearances by filmmakers, and workshops for aspiring filmmakers. Guest appearances include actor Danny Trejo, best known for his role in "Machete," who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.KEAGAN CARNES, Artistic Director of the Las Cruces International Film Festival, join us on this program to share more details.The festival runs March 2-6, and more information can be found at http://www.lciffest.com/.

Aired Feb 27, 2016

  Julian Leyzaola was hired as the police chief of Ciudad Juarez in 2011 at the height of drug cartel violence. Leyzaola drastically reduced the murder rate in his 2 years in office, yet the means by which he achieved these results could have involved corruption, civil rights abuses, and even murder.
Filmmaker Charlie Minn joins us to talk about his latest production, MEXICO'S BRAVEST MAN, which opens locally at Premiere Cinemas in Bassett Place on Feb 26http://www.mexicosbravestman.com/

Aired Feb 20, 2016

  On this program we remember David Bowie, who died on January 10, 2016.  In a re-broadcast from July 13, 2013, Charles talks with legendary filmmaker DA Pennebaker about the making of the 1973 concert film "Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars," which turned out to be the very last concert presented by David Bowie's androgynous Leper Messiah.  Pennebaker talks about what attracted him to music/concert films, and why he knew right from the start that David Bowie was going to be a musical presence to be reckoned with decades into the future.  Pennebaker also shares a story about ABC-TV's censored screening of the film.  In this online-only extended interview, Pennebaker also talks about mixing the music for the film, why he asked audience members to take flash photos during the concert, and about the changes he's seen in filmmaking over the last 6 decades.  Learn more about Pennebaker at the Pennebaker Hegedus Films website, http://www.phfilms.com/

Aired Feb 13, 2016.

  James Fino is co-executive producer of the Oscar-nominated film "Anomalisa."  In this special online expanded interview, Fino talks about Anomalisa's tough journey from development to the screen while remaining completely independent.  The story was based on a Charlie Kaufman radio play, and Fino explains why the story was tailor made for stop-motion animation.  The realistic animation in this movie created its own challenges, including trays full of individual facial features created with 3D printers.

The film is screening now at local theaters.

Aired Feb 6, 2016

  Buildings and landscape play as important a role in movies as do the actors who move in those spaces. On the next ON FILM, Jennifer Hill of the Texas Tech College of Architecture in El Paso joins us to tell us about a monthly film series that highlights the movies that embrace amazing building and landscape design.  Feb 6: Grand Hotel (1932)March 5: Gladiator (2000)April 2: The Last Emperor (1987)May 7: Moonrise Kingdom (2012) Films screen the 1st Saturday of each month at 11am at the El Paso Museum of Art.Information: 915-594-2030. Aired Jan 30, 2016

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   Charles continues his conversation with legendary actress Rita Moreno.  Rita talks about how her encounter with choreographer Jerome Robbins led to her casting on the 1961 film adaptation of West Side Story, which, in turn, led to an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.  Rita explains that this role was the first in which she finally played a Puerto Rican character.  In this online-only expanded interview, Rita talks about the awful accents she had to use in her early roles, why she was disappointed that the Hispanic actors in West Side Story had to have their skin darkened, and why West Side Story "saved her life."  

Rita Moreno was recently honored at the 38th annual Kennedy Center Honors.

Originally aired March 8, 2014.

Aired January 23, 2016

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     In an interview recorded at the 2013 Plaza Classic Film Festival, Charles talks with the legendary actress Rita Moreno.  Rita took dancing lessons at the age of 5, started an early performing career dancing in night clubs and playing a character in a radio serial.  She talks about her discovery by a Hollywood talent scout at a dancing recital, and why she spent her early days in Hollywood trying to be somebody she wasn't.  She eventually landed a groundbreaking role in the 1961 film adaptation of "West Side Story."

Rita Moreno was recently honored at the 38th annual Kennedy Center Honors.

Part 1 of a 2-part interview.  Originally aired March 1, 2014.

Aired January 16, 2016.

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  Jennifer Merin is the founder and president of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ).  She joins us to talk about the various ways women are represented in film, behind the camera, and as critics.  Not all women like the same kinds of films, and the AWFJ provides a broad scope of views from women film critics across the nation.  The AWFJ's EDA Awards also recognize women in a variety of film roles that aren't necessary represented by Oscar, such as Best Female Action Star and Actress Most in Need of a New Agent!

Learn more about the AWFJ and see the complete list of 2015 EDA Awards nominees at http://awfj.org/.

Aired Jan 9, 2016

In a rebroadcast from May 30, 2015,  we'll hear a conversation 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 January 1, 2016

  The holidays leave us with time to take in a few movies. Host Charles Horak welcomes Kyle Alvarado into the studio to give their opinion on whether David O. Russell's "Joy," starring Jennifer Lawrence, or Quentin Tarantino's "Hateful Eight" are worth your time or money. 

Aired Dec. 26, 2015

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  The Critics Choice Movie Awards, taking place Jan. 17 in Hollywood, are historically predictive of which films and actors will take the Oscars. The Critics Choice nominations were released earlier this week, and Broadcast Film Critics Association member FELIPA SOLIS joins us on the next ON FILM to talk about what films deserved the nominations, and which movies and actors were overlooked. Tune in to the Critics Choice Awards on Sunday, January 17, at 6 p.m. on A&E, Lifetime, and LMN networks.http://www.criticschoice.com/ Aired Sat. Dec. 19, 2015

  David Salcido co-founded BORDERLANDS MEDIA, which is a group that aims to offer local independent filmmakers services such as quality control, aggressive marketing, and assistance in distribution. Borderlands Media is currently accepting short films to be packaged into a future feature-length anthology on the theme The Sins of Man.
http://www.borderlandsmedia.com/

Aired Dec 12, 2015

  Two recent movie releases take drastically different looks at America in the 1950s. "Brooklyn" is a beautiful story about an Irish immigrant who comes to America before having to be torn away back to Ireland after a tragedy. "Trumbo" is a biopic of Dalton Trumbo, the Hollywood screenwriter who was blacklisted for his political views.  Frequent guest Jeanne Creel joins host Charles Horak for a discussion on these films, in addition to recommending downloadable TV shows and movies.

Aired Dec. 5, 2015

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