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 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


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.

  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.

  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

  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



   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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

 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.


  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.


  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.




   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.

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.

  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.



   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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  Charles talks with filmmaker Leo Aguirre about his experience at the Cannes Film Festival where he screened his short film "El Fuego Detrás."  Leo's next project, "A Breach on the Horizon," follows a young girl who is immigrating from southernmost Mexico to the U.S.  A crowdfunding effort through Indiegogo and Kickstarter is underway now, and you can learn more at https://www.facebook.com/abreachinthehorizon.  In this extended online-only interview, Leo talks about how trial & error shaped his filmmaking style, and what filmmakers he turns to when he needs inspiration.  Leo has also submitted "El Fuego Detrás" to HBO's Project Greenlight.

Aired Aug. 23, 2014.