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.



11:14 am
Sat March 28, 2015

ON FILM: The Films of Shirley Clarke

Shirley Clarke
Credit Wikipedia

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.

11:14 am
Sat March 21, 2015

ON FILM: Pax Christi Film Series

  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.

11:14 am
Sat March 14, 2015

ON FILM: Five Came Back

  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.

10:30 am
Tue March 10, 2015


Ryan Piers Williams

  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.

11:14 am
Sat February 28, 2015

ON FILM: TCM Classic Film Festival

  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.

11:14 am
Sat February 21, 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.

KTEP Local
11:14 am
Sat February 14, 2015

ON FILM: The Land of Many Palaces

  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.

11:14 am
Sat February 7, 2015

ON FILM: Art House Cinemas

The region's own art house cinema, the Fountain Theatre in Mesilla NM
Credit 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

11:14 am
Sat January 31, 2015

ON FILM: When Texas Saw Red

  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 Jan. 31, 2015.

11:14 am
Sat January 24, 2015

ON FILM: Critics Choice Movie Awards Wrap-Up

Charles Horak, Kristofer Hivju (Mats in the film "Force Majeure"), Cynthia Haines at the 2015 Critics Choice Awards
Credit 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.

11:14 am
Sat January 17, 2015

ON FILM: 2014 Remembrance

Robin Williams

  Film historian Jay Duncan joins Charles in the studio to talk about the legacy of the actors & filmmakers who died in 2014.  Because we don't have enough time in the show to talk about each and every one of them, Jay provided this list for our online visitors:

1.   Riz Ortolani  (87)  Jan. 23  -Italian film composer

2.    Maximilian Schell  (83)  Feb. 1

3.    Philip Seymour Hoffman  (46)  Feb. 2

4.    Shirley Temple  (85)  Feb. 10   -#1 boxoffice star from 1935-38-  -Ambassador to Ghana & Czech-

5.    Sid Caesar  (91)  Feb. 12   -American comic, actor & television pioneer-

6.    Harold Ramis  (69)  Feb. 24   -American comedy actor, director & writer-

7.    Alain Resnais  (91)  Mar. 1   -French film director

8.    Mickey Rooney  (93)  April 6   -#1 boxoffice of 1939-

9.    H.R. Giger  (74)   May 12   -Swiss Surrealist painter, sculptor & set designer-

10.    Martha Hyer  (89)   May 31  -American actress-  (widow of  mega-producer Hal B. Wallis -1966-86)

11.    Ruby Dee  (91)  June 11   -Actress, poet & playwright-  (widow of  Ossie Davis - 1948-2005)

12.    Eli Wallach  (98)   June 24

13.    Paul Mazursky   (84)   June 30   -American director, screenwriter & actor-

14.    James Garner   (86)   July 19

15.    Robin Williams   (63)  Aug. 11

16.    Lauren Bacall  (89)   Aug. 12

17.    Richard Attenborough  (90)  Aug. 24   -British actor & director-

18.    Joan Rivers   (81)  Sept. 4

19.    Richard Kiel   (74)   Sept. 10

20.    Polly Bergen   (84)   Sept. 20  -American actress (Cape Fear)

21.    Mike Nichols  (83)   Nov. 19  -American film/theater director, actor & comedian-

22.    Virna Lisi   (78)  Dec. 18  -Italian actress-  How To Murder Your Wife (1964) w/ Jack Lemmon

23.    Billie Whitelaw  (82)   Dec. 21  -British actress-   (evil nanny in The Omen - 1976)

24.    Joseph Sargeant  (89)  Dec. 22   -American director-

25.    Luise Rainer   (104)   Dec. 30  -German-born Austrian & American film actress  

Aired Jan 17, 2015

11:14 am
Sat January 10, 2015

ON FILM: Sam & Shawn Calvillo

Robin Williams wearing the Calvillo's glasses in "Mrs. Doubtfire"

  Sam & Shawn Calvillo are owners of Eye-Deal Optique in El Paso (http://www.eyeglassrepairelpaso.com/), but they also have a side business of providing custom eyewear for several Hollywood movies.  Charles talks with Sam & Shawn about how they got their start in the movies, the challenges they sometimes face in getting just the right eyewear for their actors, and they share their memories of Robin Williams, who they worked with in several films, including "Mrs. Doubtfire."  In this expanded online version of the interview, Sam & Shawn also talk about their first venture into filmmaking, the 2001 film "Lloyd."

Aired Jan. 10, 2015

11:14 am
Sat January 3, 2015

ON FILM: Eva Marie Saint "North by Northwest"

Cary Grant & Eva Marie Saint - North by Northwest



   From the 2012 Plaza Classic Film Festival, Charles talks onstage to legendary actress Eva Marie Saint about her role in Alfred Hitchcock's 1959 film "North by Northwest."   She talks about the kissing scene between herself and Cary Grant, the homosexual undertones between the characters played by James Mason and Martin Landau, and filming the famous Mount Rushmore scene.  In this online-only extended interview, Eva Marie talks about having Hitchcock buy her all manner of dresses, shoes, and jewelry for her part in the film.  Plus, Chuck impersonates Cary Grant and James Mason!  Originally aired Aug. 17, 2013.

Aired Jan. 3, 2014.

11:14 am
Sat December 27, 2014

ON FILM: Movies and Architecture

Image from The Fountainhead

  Charles welcomes Jennifer Hill, Director of the Library and Writing Lab at the Texas Tech School of Architecture, to talk about movies and architecture.  So many iconic buildings have been prominently featured in film, and Jennifer offers some of her favorites.  Her list includes The Fountainhead, Topkapi, Brazil, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dreamhouse, Rear Window, Rebecca, Psycho, La Dolce Vita, and Blade Runner.

The El Paso Museum of Art is running a series of architecturally-themed movies on Saturdays at 11am beginning Jan. 3.  For more information, call the museum at 915-532-1707.

Aired Dec. 27, 2014.

11:14 am
Sat December 20, 2014

ON FILM: Critics Choice Awards Nominations

  Charles welcomes Felipa Solis, fellow member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, to talk about the recently announced nominations for the Critics Choice Movie Awards.  Some of the top nominations went to Birdman, Boyhood, Gone Girl, and The Theory of Everything.  Charles & Felipa talk about their favorites, and which films and performances they felt were overlooked.  The Critics Choice Movie Awards airs Jan. 15 at 7pm on A&E.  http://www.criticschoice.com/

Aired Dec. 20, 2014.

11:14 am
Sat December 13, 2014

ON FILM: On Film Holiday Gift Guide

  Charles welcomes El Paso Times entertainment writer Kyle Alvarado and Marina Monsisvais, host of KTEP's State of the Arts, to talk about what's on their holiday wish list.  Here's what they recommend:  

For the sports fan:  Harvard Beats Yale 29-29  (2008 Film)

For Those interested in Foreign Films with few subtitles:  Criterion Collection’s Jacques Tati set and the Zatoichi set.   www.Criterion.com  

For the Deep Connoisseur of international cinema: Shout Factory’s Werner Herzog Box Setwww.shoutfactory.com  

For the Comedy Lover: Paramount’s anniversary Blu-ray box of Jerry Lewis’ The Nutty Professor (and his Martin & Lewis films).

For the movie hipster with everything: Mondo posters, LPs, sweaters and t-shirts  Gremlins sweater!

Original limited edition screenprint posters from some of the world’s important graphic designers.  Created a thriving niche market.  Gravity soundtrack LP, vinyl, www.mondotees.com

Classics lover: subscription to the Warner Archive streaming servicewww.warnerarchive.com

Romantic Comedy:  Frank Capra’s 1934 screwball comedy It Happened One Night;  Lake Bell’s 2013 film In A World.

Books:  Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War (2014), Mark Harris;  Taschen’s film books.  Monographs on Directors and Actors;  For the animation inclined, The Art of Pixar.

Scores / Soundtracks: Classical Connoisseur:  John Adams I Am Love.

 Stanley Kubrick: The Masterpiece Collection Warner Home Video. 

The Drive Jacket-worn by Ryan Gosling in 2011's Drive. Available at various online retailers, including Amazon, with prices starting around $130.

The Princess Bride Playing Cards.

Book for Star Wars geek:  Star Wars The Costumes.

Netflix Membership.  Access to Netflix's catalog with a gift card subscription ranging anywhere between one month ($7.99) to a year ($95.88). 

Joss Whedon: The Biography ($21.20);  Harry Potter: The Creature Vault ($26.16) . Other interesting concept art books: Godzilla: The Art of Destruction ($32.64) and The Art of Film Magic: 20 Years of Weta ($64.49); The Science of Interstellar ($19.81)

Horror Collections:  Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection ($91.99, amazon.com);  Halloween: The Complete Collection Limited Deluxe Edition ($113.99, amazon.com

Guardians of the Galaxy Deluxe Vinyl Edition - $24.86 (amazon.com)

Steelbook Re-releases (Best Buy exclusives) Steelbook re-releases of 16 cult films. (14.99 each, bestbuy.com)

Purchase a poster from movieposter.com and pair the poster with a copy of a DVD/Blu-ray of the selected film. 

Aired Dec. 13, 2014.

11:14 am
Sat December 6, 2014

ON FILM: Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

  In a 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 Dec. 7, 2014.

11:14 am
Sat November 29, 2014

ON FILM: Marriage in Cinema

 In a re-broadcast from March 16, 2013, Charles talks with Jeanine Basinger, film studies professor at Wesleyan University, and author of the new book, "I Do and I Don't: A History of Marriage in the Movies."  Basinger talks about how marriage has been portrayed over the decades in the cinema, and why modern movies don't necessarily focus on marriage so much as relationships in general.  This is an online-exclusive extended interview.

Aired November 29, 2014.

KTEP Local
11:29 am
Sat November 22, 2014

ON FILM: The Life and Work of Saul Bass

  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.  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 Nov. 22, 2014.

11:14 am
Sat November 8, 2014

ON FILM: The Films of Chris Marker

Chris Marker
Credit filmmakermagazine.com

  Charles welcomes Nellie Killian, curator of a recent Chris Marker retrospective at the Brooklyn Academy of Music BAMcinématek.  Chris Marker was a French filmmaker, photographer, and multimedia artist whose works explored time, memory, and political upheaval.  Read more about the retrospective at http://www.bam.org/film/2014/chris-marker.

Aired Nov. 8, 2014.

11:14 am
Sat November 1, 2014

ON FILM: Exists - Chris Osborn


  Charles chats with actor Chris Osborn, a native of El Paso (and Eastwood High School graduate) who is starring in the new horror film "Exists," directed by the maker of "The Blair Witch Project," Eduardo Sanchez.  "Exists," like "Blair Witch" is a found-footage type of film, but Chris explains what sets "Exists" apart from its predecessor.  Chris' character in the film is constantly filming the action around him, so he talks to Charles about the challenges of shooting his own footage while still remaining in character.  "Exists" is currently in limited release.  Learn more on the film's Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/existsmovie.

Aired Nov. 1, 2014.

11:14 am
Sat October 25, 2014

ON FILM: TentSquare

Austin Savage in a still from "While You Were in a Coma"
Credit TentSquare.com



   Charles talks with Zach Passero and Austin Savage, the producer/editor and actor (respectively) of the short film "While You Were in a Coma," a production which is being created with the help of the crowd-powered social site, TentSquare.com.  Members of the site have a voice in each production, from the earliest development to completion.   In this extended, online edition of the interview, Zach & Austin talk about how this site is both similar to, and different from, crowd funding sites like Kickstarter or Indiegogo.

View the trailer here! https://www.tentsquare.com/videos/featured/video/while-you-were-in-a-coma

Aired Oct. 25, 2014.

11:14 am
Sat October 18, 2014

ON FILM: Tra Bouscaren

Tra Bouscaren
Credit Tra Bouscaren

  Charles welcomes Tra Bouscaren, 2014 Artist in Residence and Visiting Lecturer at the UTEP Department of Art.  Bouscaren is teaching a course called "Aesthetics in Critical Theory" and has programmed a lineup of films into a series called "Border Citing: Film and Video Art."  The films depict how visual art and film go hand-in-hand.  The films include Vertigo, Dr. Strangelove, Blade Runner, and The Pervert's Guide to the Orchestra."

To learn more about the series, contact Tra Bouscaren  at atrawickb@gmail.com or call 215-350-0173.  Or visit http://www.tra-bouscaren.com/.

Aired Oct. 18, 2014.

11:14 am
Sat October 11, 2014

ON FILM: The Making of Gone with the Wind, part 2


   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.

11:14 am
Sat October 4, 2014

ON FILM: The Making of Gone with the Wind

  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.

11:14 am
Sat September 27, 2014

ON FILM: Dallas Video Fest

  Charles welcomes Bart Weiss back to the show. Bart is the founder and director of the annual Dallas VideoFest, now entering its 27th year!  The Video Fest, which is Oct. 9-19 in Dallas, Texas, features an opening night showing of a little-known Hitchcock film with an original, commissioned score.  Bart also talks about some of the other offerings, and in this online-exclusive extended interview, explains how the festival has changed over the years and why he is still enthusiastic about film festivals.  Learn more about the VideoFest at http://videofest.org/

Aired Sept 27, 2014.

11:14 am
Sat September 20, 2014

ON FILM: Es El Chapo?

Joaquin El Chapo Guzman
Credit bbc.com


   Charles welcomes filmmaker Charlie Minn, whose latest film is a documentary about the arrest of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the feared leader of the Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel.  Controversy exists over whether the "real" Chapo was apprehended.  Is he still running the cartel behind bars, or is he on the loose while some other impersonator serves time for him?  

Es El Chapo? opens at El Paso's Basset Place Premiere Cinemas, the Allen Theaters in Las Cruces, and in Deming's Starmax theaters on Oct. 3.  Learn more and view the trailer at http://eselchapo.com/

Aired Sept. 20, 2014.

11:14 am
Sat September 13, 2014

ON FILM: El Sicaro

Charles Bowden

  Writer Charles Bowden, who frequently wrote about border issues including drug cartel violence in Juarez, died Aug. 30 at age 69.  In 2011, Bowden made a film that featured a frank discussion with a Mexican hitman who did unspeakable acts before deciding to abandon his profession and live his life on the run with a price on his head.  This interview originally aired October 22, 2011, and we re-air it as a tribute to Charles Bowden.

Aired Sept. 13, 2014.

11:14 am
Sat September 6, 2014

ON FILM: Summer Movie Wrap Up

  Charles welcomes back fellow Broadcast Film Critics Association member, Felipa Solis, to talk about the end of the summer movie season.  Were big-budget popcorn flicks like Guardians of the Galaxy worth the price of admission?  Find out what Felipa & Chuck think about Godzilla, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and smaller indie releases like Boyhood and Under the Skin.  In this online exclusive extended interview (our "director's cut"), Felipa & Chuck talk about the REALLY bad movies they sat and/or slept through (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)...and they talk about why summer releases are almost always expected to be lighter fare than films released at other times of the year.

Aired Sept 6, 2014.

7:55 am
Mon September 1, 2014

ON FILM: Mark Medoff Tribute & Fundraiser

Mark Medoff

  Charles talks with Ross Marks of the Creative Media Institute at New Mexico University about an upcoming event that will honor playwright and screenwriter, Mark Medoff.   Medoff has written award-winning plays and screenplays from his home base in Las Cruces, and a dinner, roast, and music & dance performance will help raise money to fund the Mark Medoff Visiting Lecture Series.  Actor Jeffrey Tambor will emcee the festivities, and invited guests include New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, actress Linda Hamilton, and actor Jesse Plemmons.  The dinner has sold out, and very few tickets to the roast and performance by the Las Cruces Symphony are still available via Ticketmaster: http://www.ticketmaster.com/Mark-Medoff-Celebrity-Fundraiser-tickets/artist/1973635.

Aired Aug. 30, 2014.