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.

 

   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.

  Charles talks with Hector Galán, producer & director of "Children of Giant," a documentary which examined in further detail how the 1956 epic film "Giant" portrayed social issues that hadn't been covered in Hollywood films at the time, including feminism, class division, and the discrimination faced by Mexican-Americans. In this online-only version of the interview, Galán talks about the unity felt on the set by the actors and the locals, and about the segregation that resumed following the film's production.  

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Aired April 25, 2015.

  Charles chats with fellow cinephile Oscar Garza about 2 films they recommend: "Danny Collins" starring Al Pacino as an aging rock star, and "It Follows," a horror film about a sexually-transmitted curse.  Plus they offer recommendations for viewers who prefer watching films or TV programs on Netflix: the British drama "The Fall" starring Gillian Anderson, and the new Marvel Comics TV series, "Daredevil," the one NOT starring Ben Affleck.

Aired April 18, 2015.

 

   Charles talks with filmmaker Viviana Garcia Besné and Alistair Tremps about the project "Fascinating Eye on the Border."  Viviana and her cousin, photographer Monica Lozano, are presenting this special collaboration on Sunday, April 12, at 2:30 p.m., at the Plaza Philanthropy Theatre (http://elpasolive.com/calendar/985-jewel-box-series-fascinating-eye-on-the-border).  The Calderón brothers were Viviana's & Monica's great grandfathers, and the brothers' reputations as theater owners and film producers is renowned across Mexico and the borderland.  Besné's film "Perdida" explores the Calderón family history.   In this online-only extended interview, Viviana & Alistair also talk about the upcoming film "Shadow Collectors," which explores the efforts to preserve original film prints after they have been digitized.  Many of the original prints are either left to decay or thrown out altogether.

Aired April 11, 2015.

  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.

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 April 4, 2015

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In a rebroadcast from November 15, 2014,  Charles talks with Dennis Doros, co-founder of Milestone Films, about Shirley Clarke, a groundbreaking independent filmmaker in the 1950's and `60s.  Milestone Films recently launched Project Shirley (http://www.projectshirley.com/), an effort to release Clarke's films theatrically and on DVD.  On this extended, online edition of our conversation with Doros, we'll find out more about Clarke's final film about jazz musician, Ornette Coleman.  Learn more about Milestone Films at http://www.milestonefilms.com/

Aired March 28, 2015.

  Charles talks with Father Ed Carpenter and Patricia Delgado, organizers of the Pax Christ Film Series in El Paso.  The series is in its 9th year, and focuses on films & documentaries that touch upon social justice issues.  Their next film, "Bidder 70," will screen on April 12 at 3pm at the Mother Teresa Center, 2400 E. Yandell.  A complete schedule of films is available at https://sites.google.com/site/pxcelp/pax-christi-film-series/pax-christi-film-series-2015.

Aired March 21, 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 March 14, 2015.

  In a rebroadcast from August 9, 2014, Charles talks with actor, producer, director, and writer (and El Paso native) Ryan Piers Williams about his new project X/Y, which tells the story of a group of friends in New York who are struggling with making deep connections in their relationships. Ryan explains why his films tackle contemporary issues in a socially-interconnected world.  In this online-only expanded interview, Ryan explains why the characters in X/Y develop self-destructive behaviors as a substitute for affection and physical connection.  He also talks about why his films are not necessarily autobiographical, that they are instead inspired by what he directly observes.  Follow X/Y on Twitter https://twitter.com/xymovie.

X/Y is now available for purchase and download.

Aired March 7, 2015.

  Charles talks with Charlie Tabesh, Senior Vice President for Programming at TCM (Turner Classic Movies) about the upcoming TCM Classic Film Festival, taking place March 26-29 in Hollywood CA.  The theme of the festival is "History According to Hollywood" and will screen nearly 80 films, including "The Sound of Music," "The Diary of Anne Frank," "Malcolm X," "Young Mr. Lincoln," "Apollo 13," and many many more.  The festival also features special appearances by Sophia Loren, Shirley MacLaine, Julie Andrews, Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell, and others.  This online-only extended interview also includes a conversation on the camaraderie felt by TCM fans at the festival.

Learn more at http://filmfestival.tcm.com/

Aired Feb. 28, 2015.

  Charles talks with filmmaker Michael Cramer, director of "TRUTH," a film shot & produced in southern New Mexico by PRC Productions.  The film follows a diverse group of college students who stumble into a top secret facility deep in the Gila [heela] Wilderness and become infected with a deadly virus.  

The film will receive its world premiere Feb. 27 & 28 at 7pm  at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in Las Cruces.  Learn more at http://riograndetheatre.com/.  The film premieres in Silver City NM on March 6 & 7 at Light Hall Auditorium on the WNMU campus.  More information at http://movies.wnmu.edu/.

Aired Feb. 21, 2015.

  Charles talks with filmmaker Adam Smith, director of the documentary "The Land of Many Palaces," which examines Ordos, the giant city China built to house thousands of relocated farmers.  Ordos is just one of many cities that China plans to develop for relocation purposes.  Learn more about the film at http://www.thelandofmanypalaces.com/.

The film will screen in El Paso on  Wed Feb 18 at 4:30pm in Room 208 of the UTEP Physical Sciences Building, and will screein in Las Cruces Thu Feb 19 at 7:30pm in Room 111 of O'Donnell Hall at NMSU.

Aired Feb. 14, 2015.

Mesilla Valley Film Society

  Writer and Santa Fe resident Jeff Berg returns to the program to talk to Charles about the current state of the art house cinema.  Streaming services and the conversion to digital has brought some challenges to some cinemas, but local support, premium service, and the desire to share a movie-going experience keep these small venues alive.  Read Jeff's article on art house cinemas in the January 2015 edition of Film Comment magazine http://www.filmcomment.com/article/sure-seaters-tough-it-out.  Jeff also programs a Reel New Mexico series, learn more at http://reelnewmexico.com/

Aired Feb. 7, 2015

Cynthia Haines

  Charles and fellow Broadcast Film Critic Association member Cynthia Haines for a wrap-up of the Critics Choice Movie Awards held Jan. 15 in Hollywood.  The awards show was held on the same day that the Oscar nominations were announced, so Cindy & Chuck will talk about the films that were overlooked by Oscar but lauded by the critics.  They'll also recommend some little-seen outstanding films that we can catch on-demand or on Netflix.  This is an online-only extended interview.

Aired Jan. 24, 2015.

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