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.

Host Charles Horak and guest Jeanne Creel had a chance to see "The Girl on the Train" starring Emily Blunt, based on the bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins.  Jeanne read the book - does she feel that the film lives up to the book's standards?  Does Charles think the film stands alone on its own merits?

Plus, Charles & Jeanne heap praise on a couple of British productions that are available for streaming and on DVD or Blu Ray: "The Worricker Trilogy," a spy series starring Bill Nighy and Christopher Walken, and "The Dresser" starring Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins.

Aired October 15, 2016

Area filmmakers frequently have to make the 3 1/2-hour drive to Albuquerque to find good paying work.  Tax incentives in New Mexico far outweigh those offered in Texas, and a group of filmmaker advocates and a city councilman are working to change that.  We'll talk with District 1 Representative Peter Svarzbein, Jesus Nuñez of DoubleScope Films and Carlos Corral of MindWarp LLC.  They'll tell us about a recent rally at City Council and what the City is doing to help area filmmakers. 

Aired Oct. 8, 2016


  Dr. Bob Blackburn is the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, and he joins us on this program to tell us about the exciting discovery and preservation of a 1920 silent film that authentically portrayed Native Americans in a tale that starred over 300 Kiowa & Comanche actors who used their own tipis, horses, clothing, and traditions to the set.  


Aired October 1, 2016

  "Sully" spent 2 weeks at the top of the box office...and Oliver Stone's "Snowden" has been causing a stir.  What do our local film experts have to say about these films?  Broadcast Film Critic Association member Felipa Solis & film aficionado Kyle Alvarado weigh in on what's showing at our local cinemas. Aired Sept 24, 2016

  *Re-broadcast from Nov 14, 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 Sept 17, 2016.

  Guest hosts Felipa Solis and Kyle Alvarado are raging film buffs, and they join us on this program to share their opinions about a couple of very different movies that are making waves with critics and audiences alike: "Don't Breathe," about a group of young home invaders who are clueless about the deadly abilities of their blind target...and "Hell or High Water," about two brothers who plan a heist against the bank that is foreclosing on their family ranch.

Aired Sept 10, 2016

  Throughout the decades, the cinema has not shied away from addressing political or social issues, whether directly or metaphorically.  The Sunset Film Society is screening classic films whose messages are still relevant today.  To tell us more is Sunset Film Society Founder Jay Duncan.

Films screen Saturdays at 2pm at the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana.  http://www.sunsetfilmsociety.org

  • Sept 3: Gabriel Over the White House (1933)
  • Sept 10: The Boy with Green Hair (1948)
  • Sept 17: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  • Sept 24: On the Beach (1959)

Aired Sept 3, 2016

  Princess Leia in Star Wars...Furiosa in Fury Road...Mammy in Gone with the Wind...

What do these characters have in common?  They are strong female characters in film.  The Alliance for Women Film Journalists has compiled a list of the top 55 women in cinema - the Wonder Women.  Jennifer Merin, founder and president of the AWFJ joins us on this program to tell us more.


Aired Aug. 27, 2016

  Adriana Montenegro immersed herself in European art house and French New Wave films in college.  She is sharing her love of foreign films with the community in the Cineboom film series.  Upcoming films include "Blue is the Warmest Color" (Aug 22), "City of God" (Aug 29), "Pan's Labyrinth" (Sept 5), and many more.  Films screen Mondays at sundown at Boomtown, 2430 Wyoming, in the patio.


Aired Aug. 20, 2016

  Ilana Lapid is a filmmaker and an assistant professor at New Mexico State University. Her latest project, Yochi, was filmed in Belize with non-actors, and tells the story of two brothers - the younger one who is selectively mute after his grandfather dies, and the older one who turns to poaching to pay his debts.

A fundraising screening of an unfinished version of Yochi will screen at the Plaza Classic Film Festival on Saturday, August 13 at 4 p.m., at the El Paso Community Foundation's Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon.  Admission and donations will assist in the film's completion. 

Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/YochiFilm/

Aired Aug. 13, 2016


  The Texas epic "Giant" celebrates its 60th anniversary this year with a special screening at this year's Plaza Classic Film Festival, Saturday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m.  "Giant" was one of actor Robert Nichols' earliest roles, and in this 2008 recording from that year's Plaza Classic Film Festival, he shares the memories he made shooting this classic with Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, and James Dean. 

Robert Nichols died in 2013.

Aired Aug. 6, 2013


  **Originally aired May 9, 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 July 30, 2016

  Guest host Felipa Solis welcomes frequent contributor Kyle Alvarado to talk about some of the films out in theatres right now.  They share their thoughts on "The Secret Life of Pets," "Ghostbusters," and a few shows available for streaming, like "Stranger Things" starring Winona Ryder on Netflix.

Aired July 23, 2016

  The Plaza Classic Film Festival returns to downtown El Paso August 4-14, and get a preview from Doug Pullen, Program Director at the El Paso Community Foundation and programmer of the Plaza Classic Film Festival.  The original Star Wars trilogy will likely be the most popular offerings, but the festival will also include little-known classics like 1960's "Primary" and 1944's "The Uninvited," to crowd faves like "Rocky Horror Picture Show" and "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."   The festival will also feature concerts, live accompaniment to silent films, and appearances by very special guests.


Aired July 16, 2016

  Do you have fond memories of waking up early on Saturday mornings to watch cartoons? Do you STILL enjoy watching animated programs? Many of today's animated shows are created just for grown ups. On the next ON FILM, we'll visit with James Fino of Starburns Industries, which is involved with the popular HBO animated show "Animals." http://www.hbo.com/animals

Fino is also involved with 2 other creative animated projects: one is based on fantasy game play by Dan Harmon (http://www.starburnsindustries.com/tag/harmonquest/), and the other, "Party Legends," features animated takes on the party stories of infamous celebrities (https://www.viceland.com/en_us/show/party-legends)

Aired July 9, 2016

  One film is a blow-up-the-world alien invasion blockbuster. The other is a more intimate woman-versus-shark film. On which movie should you spend your hard-earned movie money? On the next ON FILM, host Charles Horak and Oscar Garza give their opinions on "Independence Day Resurgence" and "The Shallows."  Aired July 2, 2016


   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.


  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.



Aired May 7, 2016

Alamo Drafthouse Facebook

  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.


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. 


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)