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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.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opened this week with little or no new competition for your box-office dollars, but beginning next week you'll have plenty of choices at your local theatre. Host Charles Horak is joined in-studio by frequent On Film contributor, Kyle Alvarado, as they discuss the much-anticipated films The Shape of Water and The Post

'Tis the season for film critics groups to announce their favorite films and filmmakers of the year. Among them, the largest critics group in North America, The Broadcast Film Critics Association, has just rolled out their nominations. Felipa Solis, fellow Broadcast Film Critics Association member, joins host Charles Horak as they discuss the nominations for the 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards.

Over the years, El Paso has seen a number of film productions come to town. The behind-the-scenes work required to coordinate the demands of a big budget film shoot is usually the responsibility of the El Paso Film Commission. We visit with their new coordinator, Drew Mayer-Oakes, as he discusses the role of the Film Commission and the services they provide to film productions, both small and big.

Kyle Alvarado is this week's special guest host for On Film, and he visits with documentary filmmaker Charlie Minn to talk about his latest production, Bullets at the Border. The documentary examines three separate controversial killings along the USA-Mexico border where Mexican nationals were killed by US border agents. The film opens in El Paso at Bassett on December 1, 2017, and will run for a minimum of one week.


There are a lot of independent films being made in the borderland, but most are hard for general audiences to find and watch. One recent film has found an audience through one of the biggest online streaming sites. We speak with Mark Vasconcellos, Producer and Co-Star of "River" (2017), about his film and its success of landing a huge streaming platform - Amazon Prime. 

The plight of migrants making dangerous crossings through the deserts of the American Southwest is often overlooked in coverage of the border. An upcoming film tells the tale of those who work to identify the remains of migrants who perish on their journey and the effect this work has on the men and women policing our border. We visit with writer and director Ramón Villa-Hernández to talk about his new film Juana Doe.

November and December have traditionally been good months for movie lovers wanting films geared towards adults. Two new films illustrate the changing of the movie season - Thank You for Your Service and Suburbicon. Frequent On Film contributor Jeanne Creel joins us in the studio to discuss these recent releases. The fall drama season is upon us!

Texas is one of the largest and most geographically diverse states, and you'd be hard-pressed to see even a fraction of the state over a lifetime of travel. But do not fret The Wild Texas Film Tour, a new short film showcase, will help bring the state to you. We speak with the tour's host Ben Masters to get a preview of this showcase as it heads to El Paso.

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Beto v. Cruz: The Fight for 2018, a two-part documentary currently being shot while out on tour with the candidates. Steve Mims is the cinematographer and producer of the project.

September has long been the month to release movies into theaters that weren't big enough contenders to slug it out against the summer tent-pole titles. But that doesn't mean there aren't films and theaters hoping to make the big money in the fall. On Film contributor Oscar Garza joins us in studio to discuss the new film "Kingsman: The Golden Circle," and whether it's worth seeing on the big screen, and review the Netflix original film "Okja," which is changing the industry's paradigm of how films get financed and distributed.

There are a lot of options in the El Paso area for enjoying the latest film. But one theater has been carving out a niche among movie houses with a fulsome list of film presentations ranging from indie documentaries, foreign art house cinema, and golden age classics. Kyle Alvarado, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Creative Manager, enlightens us on the special film programming at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

Women continue to be underrepresented in film and television work, but a new showcase of emerging women filmmakers shows it’s only a matter of time before this disparity is corrected. Angie Reza Tures is the founder of the Femme Frontera Filmmaker Showcase and she joins us this week as we celebrate the success of her project, locally and internationally. 

For fantasy and adventure film lovers, one of the grandfathers of the genre is the 1925 film The Lost World. The movie was recently restored and will be screened in El Paso with an original score by the famed musical trio The Alloy Orchestra and will be performed LIVE at this special screening! Our guest this week is Ken Winokur, founder and member of the Alloy Orchestra, and he discusses the art of composing new music for silent films.

An initiative to create grant-based financial support for local filmmakers is making progress in the city of El Paso and will soon start giving out its first grants. Charles Horak is joined by Peter Svarzbein, El Paso City Council Representative for District 1, and Jesus Nuñez, local filmmaker and advocate, as they discuss the latest developments in the city of El Paso's process to create grant funding for film productions.
Local support for local films!

El Paso has seen its share of film screening series over the years. Many of which are the work and passion of one local film historian, Jay Duncan. This week we visit with Jay, director of the Sunset Film Society, and discuss his long history of presenting films in the borderland and his latest venture in the Sunset Film Society as they just celebrated its 4th anniversary.

***Originally Aired on march 16, 2013***

Marriage and divorce is often portrayed on the big screen even becoming the central plot point for some movies. In her book I Do and I Don't: A History of Marriage in the Movies, author Jeanine Basinger explores the many ways in which Hollywood has tackled the tricky subject of marriage. 

While our region may have a growing filmmaking community, the infrastructure, resources and support available to filmmakers is still far behind.  Las Cruces based PRC Productions has opened a 300 square foot production and post production facility with hopes of supporting and expanding the regions filmmakers' capabilities. Troy Scoughton and David Salcido are partners in PRC Productions and discuss the new production facility and Borderlands Media. 

Most cinephiles are movie watchers, not movie listeners however music plays a very important role in movies. From enhancing and supporting the images we see music plays a vital role in any movie experience. 

The professional film making community in El Paso is growing with many filmmakers opting to split their time between commercial work and personal projects. DoubleScope Films is a local production company that has recently made their new short film available on their Website for viewing. Jaime Blanco, founder of DoubleScope, and Jesús Nuñez, creative director for DoubleScope, talk about their new short film "Cycle" as well as their production company. 

Samuel Beckett is one of the most influential writer, thinker, and theater director of the 20th century. Beckett is best known for his play Waiting for Godot. Five years before Waiting for Godot, Beckett made a singular foray into cinema writing and creating a short film simply titled "Film". 

With the influx of super hero movies dominating the cinema, one film seeks to change the narrative of the super hero film. Join host Charles Horak and frequent On Film contributor Jeanne Creel as they discuss "Wonder Woman".  

***Originally Aired March 14, 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."  

The borderland is home to many talented filmmakers and many of those filmmakers are giving back to the community. Local filmmaker Angie Reza Tures not only  has a passion for creating films but also for creating opportunities for others to learn filmmaking techniques and exposing the work of local borderland filmmakers to a broader national audience.

For classic film lovers there is no better experience than to enjoy a much beloved classic film in a historic movie theater. This summer the Plaza Classic Film Festival returns to the Plaza Theater in downtown El Paso. Program Director Doug Pullen discusses the some of the films that will be showing at the Plaza Classic Film Festival. 

For auto racing enthusiasts few movies capture the speed and danger of the sport better than the 1971 film Le Mans. The film was a long gestating obsession for its star Steve McQueen and a new book chronicles the making of what would become a notorious box office flop.

It has been almost a year since the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema opened its doors here in El Paso promising an expanded variety in the types of films for movie goers to enjoy. With the recently its recently launched film club the Alamo continues its march to bring a more eclectic mix in film titles. Alamo's Head of Programming for El Paso discusses the future film roster for the cinema. 

It may be surprising to see just how many films are being made in and around El Paso by a growing number of independent filmmakers. The new short film "(Sun) City Lights" spotlights the talent of one tight knit group of friends who hope to tackle a feature film soon. Writer and director Carlos de la Torre and Producer Austin Young from Tower Productions discuss their new short film.    

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the classic film "The Godfather". To celebrate the anniversary of the epic mob drama The Sunset Film Society and Ardovino's Desert Crossing have teamed up to host a unique screening of the film complete with an Italian dinner. 

Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift were two of the biggest film stars of the 1950's. However the two had a very complicated relationship.  The play "Idol" by Joel Murray re-imagines the encounter the two mega stars had with each other while exploring each actors passion and insecurities.

Being an independent filmmaker can be both challenging and rewarding. One of the first challenges a filmmaker faces is money. Whether the money is needed to start up or finish a film, having the income can mean a world of difference for a filmmaker. The Austin Film Society seeks to alleviate this challenge for Texan filmmakers through grants. Iliana Sosa, Artist Services Manager for the Austin Film Society, talks about the grants the society offers and a grant workshop that is being held in El Paso on April 13th. 


Aired April 1, 2017