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.

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Movies
11:15 am
Sat December 7, 2013

ON FILM: Narco Cultura

 

   Charles talks with Shaul Schwarz, director of the documentary "Narco Cultura," which explores the cultural impact the drug wars have had on both sides of the US/Mexico border.  Shaul talks about his trips to the border and why he felt he had to address how the drug culture is reflected through the musicians who glorify cartels in their narcocorridos, and through the eyes of a Mexican crime scene investigator who experiences the results of cartel violence on the front lines.  This online-exclusive extended interview includes a conversation about Latino identity, the disconnect felt by many Latinos who write and enjoy narcocorridos, and why the drug war is a war that no one will win.   http://narcoculture.com/https://www.facebook.com/NarcoCulturaFilm

Narco Cultura is currently being screened at El Paso's Cinemark Tinseltown (11855 Gateway Blvd W) and Cinemark Cielo Vista Theaters (8401 Gateway Blvd W).

Aired Dec. 7, 2013.

Movies
11:15 am
Sat November 30, 2013

ON FILM: Ernest Farino

Credit archive-editions.com

 

   

  Guest host Jay Duncan talks with visual effects artist Ernest Farino,  editor & publisher of the expansive volumes, "Ray Harryhausen: Master of the Majicks."  Jay & Ernest share their early fascination with the special effects mastery of Ray Harryhausen, who is best known for his stop-motion animation in classic films such as Mighty Joe Young, Jason and the Argonauts, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, and may other films.  Farino talks about why the 3 volumes of "Master of the Majicks" were published out of order, and why there were constant revisions and additions to the volumes.  In this exclusive online expanded interview, Ernest talks about his time living in El Paso in the 1960s and his encounter with Lon Chaney, Jr., at Western Playland.  It was an event which Jay & Ernest both attended many years before they ever became acquainted!

Aired Nov. 30, 2013.

KTEP Local
11:15 am
Sat November 23, 2013

ON FILM: Before the Curtain Rises

The Palace (Alambra) Theatre, ca. 1913
Credit El Paso Public Library, Altman Collection

 

   Charles talks with Jeffrey Mills, founder & director of the nonprofit Documentary Alliance, which is producing the film "Before the Curtain Rises," which documents the rise & fall of the Interstate Theatre chain in Texas.  El Paso's Plaza and Palace (Alambra) Theatres were part of the chain, and the restoration of the Plaza Theatre plays a central role in the film.  Jeffrey talks about why the movie theatre palaces were just as important to the movie-going experience as the movies themselves.  

An Indiegogo crowd sourcing campaign is currently underway to finish production on the film.  You can contribute at http://www.interstatetheatres.com/.

Learn more about the Documentary Alliance at http://www.documentaryalliance.org/.

Aired Nov. 23, 2013.

KTEP Local
9:00 am
Sat November 16, 2013

ON FILM: Movies & Music

Charles Leinberger
Credit utminers.utep.edu

  

  Charles talks with Charles Leinberger, Associate Professor of Music at UTEP, and author of "Ennio Morricone's The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly."  Leinberger talks about they ways that music can sneak by unnoticed in a movie, and about the very obvious ways music gets noticed.  The composing of music for films has changed over the years.  What are the advantages or disadvantages of using music in the public domain versus original music or popular music?  Leinberger also talks about meeting the legendary film composer Ennio Morricone.

Aired Nov. 16, 2013.

Movies
11:15 am
Sat November 9, 2013

ON FILM: A Hollis Frampton Odyssey

 

   

  In a rebroadcast from May 5, 2012, Charles talks with Abbey Lustgarten, producer of the Criterion Collection's "A Hollis Frampton Odyssey," which explores the pioneering works on film by American avant-garde filmmaker, Hollis Frampton.  http://www.criterion.com/films/27945-a-hollis-frampton-odyssey

Aired Nov. 9, 2013.

Movies
11:15 am
Sat November 2, 2013

ON FILM: Last Tour of the El Paso Smelter

 

   Charles talks with historian and documentary filmmaker, Jackson Polk, about his latest project, "Last Tour of the El Paso Smelter, Vol. 1, The Stacks."  The film traces the history of the ASARCO smoke stacks, from their very beginnings to their demolition in 2013.  Polk talks about the unique experiences he and his videographers went through as they were collecting material for the film.  More information on the film is available at http://elpasogold.com/elpasogold/welcome.html.

Aired Nov. 2, 2013.

Movies
11:15 am
Sat October 26, 2013

ON FILM: Godfrey Reggio, pt 2

Godfrey Reggio

    

  

  Charles continues his conversation with Godfrey Reggio, director of the 1983 groundbreaking film "Koyaanisqatsi."  Reggio talks about taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary via time-lapse photography.  He also explains why Phillip Glass was the ideal composer to score the film, and why he still lives with a reserved hope for humanity.  Recorded Aug. 11, 2013, at the Plaza Classic Film Festival.  http://www.koyaanisqatsi.org/films/koyaanisqatsi.php

Aired Oct. 26, 2013.

Movies
11:15 am
Sat October 19, 2013

ON FILM: Godfrey Reggio, pt 1

Godfrey Reggio

 

   Charles talks with Godfrey Reggio, director of the 1983 groundbreaking film "Koyaanisqatsi."  Reggio talks about being influenced by a Luis Bunuel film, and shares his concerns that the world is being homogenized.  Recorded Aug. 11, 2013, at the Plaza Classic Fim Festival.   http://www.koyaanisqatsi.org/films/koyaanisqatsi.php

Aired Oct. 19, 2013.

Movies
11:15 am
Sat October 12, 2013

ON FILM: Steven Painter

  

  Charles talks with film historian and author Steven Painter.  Painter's new book, "Take Her for a Ride: A Hollywood Story," is set in early 1930's Hollywood, and features fictional characters mingling with real Hollywood stars in a story about producer trying to save a studio from financial ruin.  Painter talks about the research he did for the film, and why he chose to blend fact with fiction.  http://www.stevenmpainter.com/

Aired Oct. 12, 2013.

Movies
11:15 am
Sat October 5, 2013

ON FILM: Actor Ray Baker

Ray Baker

  Charles talks with veteran actor Ray Baker about his starring role as legendary artist Tom Lea in the play "Tom Lea: Grace Note in a Hard World," which will be presented Oct 5 & 6 at the Plaza Philanthropy Theatre.  Baker talks about channeling the late artist and writer, and how a key moment in Tom Lea's life helped him better understand his character.  Baker also shares his memories of making films with directors John Cassavetes and Mike Nichols.   In this online-only extended interview, Baker also offers some helpful tips to actors who are trying to get into the business.

Learn more about "Tom Lea: Grace Note in a Hard World" and other Tom Lea Month activities at http://www.tomlea.net/Month2013/Plaza_Theatre.html

Aired Oct 5, 2013.

Movies
11:15 am
Sat September 28, 2013

ON FILM: FilmAid International

Mobile Cinema in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya
Credit © FilmAid. Photo: Mary Soan

In a rebroadcast from June 29, 2013, Charles talks with Simon Goff, Executive Director of FilmAid International, an organization which brings information, education, and production tools to refugee camps and communities in need around the world.  www.filmaid.org  Aired Sept. 28, 2013.

  

  

Movies
11:15 am
Sat September 21, 2013

ON FILM: Jay Duncan, Sunset Film Society

The Hixon House

    Charles welcomes back film historian & collector Jay Duncan, who tells us about his latest venture, the Sunset Film Society series, which screens classic films on the 3rd Saturday of each month at the historic Hixon House in the Sunset Heights Neighborhood, 717 W. Yandell.

The next screening is Sat, Sept 21, at 7:30 p.m.  The featured film is 1939's "Juarez." Free.  Please RSVP!  http://www.sunsetfilmsociety.org/

Aired Sept. 21, 2013.

Movies
11:15 am
Sat September 14, 2013

ON FILM: All Cheerleaders Die

Still from "All Cheerleaders Die"

 

   Charles talks with filmmaker & animator Zach Passero, who served as editor for the camp horror flick "All Cheerleaders Die."  Zach talks about the evolution of the movie and the slap-dash efforts to finish the film before its premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, where it received rave reviews.   Editing is a little-known, yet important, element of the filmmaking process, and Zach talks about how he approaches editing.  

To view some of Zach's other projects, including the animated story of a boy and his burro, "Mi Burro," visit http://zaebop.wix.com/burroboy; or to view the video for "PermaWar" he produced for the metal band Ministry, visit 

Aired Sept 14, 2013.

Movies
11:15 am
Sat September 7, 2013

ON FILM: The Art of the Radio Movie Review

  Charles talks with NMSU graduate student Jack Fields about the movie reviews he contributes to KRWG-FM every Saturday afternoon at 5:30 p.m., on the "Images" program.  Jack talks about how his appearance on a previous episode of "On Film" led to his movie review segment, and about the struggles of writing reviews for radio.  Read Jack's reviews at  http://krwg.org/programs/images.

Aired Sept. 7, 2013.

KTEP Local
11:15 am
Sat August 31, 2013

ON FILM: Del Corazon Film Festival

  Charles talks with Kerry Doyle, director of the Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts on the UTEP campus.  The Rubin Center is hosting the Del Corazon Film Festival presented by Colectivo Vagon.  The festival was presented in Juarez in late August and will be presented in El Paso at the Rubin Center on Thursday, Sept. 5, 4-7 p.m.  The short films featured in the festival are bicultural in nature and span from pure entertainment to political activism.  Kerry also talks about some potential film festival projects which may make their way to the Rubin Center in the Fall.  

Information: Rubin Center 915-747-6151.

Aired Aug. 31, 2013.

Movies
11:15 am
Sat August 24, 2013

ON FILM: Billy Townes

Billy Townes

  

  Charles talks with musician and film producer Billy Townes about the latest installment in the Border Lords saga.  Border Lords I was released in 2002, and the 3rd Border Lords crime family saga is currently in pre-production.  Auditions for Border Lords III will take place Aug. 24 at Desert Eagle Productions, 1421 N. Lee Trevino.  No acting experience is necessary!  Learn more at https://es-la.facebook.com/events/610620268959450/permalink/610964468925030/.

Townes also talks about his early interest in filmmaking and about how the Border Lords trilogy has evolved over the years.

Aired Aug. 24, 2013.

Movies
9:42 am
Mon August 19, 2013

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!

Aired Aug. 17, 2013.

Movies
11:15 am
Sat August 10, 2013

ON FILM: Melton Barker; Texas Archive of the Moving Image

  

In a rebroadcast from Dec. 29, 2012, Charles talks with Caroline Frick, executive director of the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (www.texasarchive.org).  Frick talks about the organization's efforts in discovering over 200 versions of Melton Barker's "The Kidnappers Foil" - a short, "Little Rascals"-inspired film that was shot over & over again in various locations, with the same storyline and script, but with different children in the starring roles.  Versions of the film were reportedly shot in El Paso & Las Cruces.  "The Kidnappers Foil" was recently added to the National Film Registry, and TAMI is looking for more versions of "The Kidnappers Foil" which remain undiscovered.  www.meltonbarker.org

As part of the Plaza Classic Film Festival, the Texas Archive of the Moving Image will be in El Paso as part of the Texas Film Roundup.  Take your old 8mm, 16mm, VHS, Beta, DVD, and all other home movies to the Plaza Theatre on Aug. 10 & 11, noon-7 p.m., and they will digitize and preserve those films for free. 

Aired Aug. 10, 2013.

Movies
11:15 am
Sat August 3, 2013

ON FILM : Plaza Classic, Roger Ebert Remembered

  In a rebroadcast from April 13, 2013, Charles talks with the Arts Editor of the Chicago Sun Times, Laura Emerick, as she shares memories about her colleague, film critic Roger Ebert.  Ebert died April 4, 2013.  In this expanded online exclusive, Emerik talks about Ebertfest, an annual film festival that Ebert held every year in Champaign, Illinois.  She also shares stories about a recent tribute to Ebert in Chicago. www.rogerebert.comhttp://ebertfest.com.  

Emerick will be in El Paso as part of the Plaza Classic Film Festival to help present "Ebert Everlasting," a special screening of some of Roger Ebert's favorite films.  http://plazaclassic.com/index.php  

Aired August 3, 2013.

Movies
11:15 am
Sat August 3, 2013

ON FILM : Plaza Classic, Roger Ebert Remembered

  In a rebroadcast from April 13, 2013, Charles talks with the Arts Editor of the Chicago Sun Times, Laura Emerick, as she shares memories about her colleague, film critic Roger Ebert.  Ebert died April 4, 2013.  In this expanded online exclusive, Emerik talks about Ebertfest, an annual film festival that Ebert held every year in Champaign, Illinois.  She also shares stories about a recent tribute to Ebert in Chicago. www.rogerebert.comhttp://ebertfest.com.  

Emerick will be in El Paso as part of the Plaza Classic Film Festival to help present "Ebert Everlasting," a special screening of some of Roger Ebert's favorite films.  http://plazaclassic.com/index.php  

Aired August 3, 2013.

KTEP Local
11:15 am
Sat July 27, 2013

ON FILM: Moving Pictures

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1939, Gone with the Wind, drawing of the exterior of Twelve Oaks

    Charles talks with Anne Coco, Graphic Arts Librarian at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.  Anne assisted Charles in selecting the 30 images that are included in the El Paso Museum of Art's exhibit, "Moving Pictures: Production Art from the Academy Library," an exhibit held in conjunction with this year's Plaza Classic Film Festival http://plazaclassic.com/.  Anne also talks about importance of the art directors who helped create the look of the classic films we hold dear in our memories.  "Moving Pictures" will be on display at the El Paso Museum of Art from July 28-September 8.  Information: http://www.elpasoartmuseum.org/default.asp and http://plazaclassic.com/events.php?id=exhibit

Aired July 27, 2013.

Movies
11:15 am
Sat July 20, 2013

ON FILM: Plaza Classic Film Festival

  

  Charles talks with Eric Pearson, president of the El Paso Community Foundation.  Hear about the return of the world's largest classic film festival to the region.  Over 80 movies will be screened in venues including the Plaza Theatre, the El Paso Museum of Art, and Arts Festival Plaza.  Rita Moreno returns to the region 20 years after holding a fundraising performance to save the historic Plaza Theatre, and she will be attending a special screening of "West Side Story" on Aug. 1. Other special guests include Angela Cartwright of "The Sound of Music" and Margaret O'Brien, a former child actress who starred in "The Secret Garden."  Erick & Charles also talk about some of the films that will be spotlighted on the big screen, including silent movies that will have live musical accompaniment!  The complete schedule is available at http://plazaclassic.com/.

Aired July 20, 2013.

Movies
11:15 am
Sat July 13, 2013

ON FILM: Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

  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/

The Plaza Classic Film Festival will hold a 40th anniversary screening of "Ziggy Stardust" on Aug. 10.  Learn more at http://plazaclassic.com/

Aired July 13, 2013.

KTEP Local
11:15 am
Sat July 6, 2013

ON FILM: Sensurround

Poster for Earthquake in Sensurround


Charles talks with James Fino, member of the Producers Guild of America partner in Starburns Industries production facilities in Hollywood.  Fino talks about the recent screenings at Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre of 2 classic 1970s Universal films that originally debuted in Sensurround.  The screenings that took place in June 2013 brought back the earth-rattling Sensurround experience to audiences who viewed the 1978 feature film "Battlestar Galactica" and 1974's classic "Earthquake."  Fino also gives us a brief history of Sensurround, including an explanation of why it didn't last.  Aired July 6, 2013.

Movies
11:15 am
Sat June 22, 2013

ON FILM: Marfa Film Festival


Charles talks with Robin Lambaria, director of the Marfa Film Festival, which takes place June 26-30 in Marfa and Alpine.  Robin talks about the appeal of Marfa to artists and filmmakers, and about the laid-back festival atmosphere which reflects the town's attitude.  Hear about some of the highlights of this year's festival, which include screenings of "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," "Blackfish," and "Baikonur."  www.marfafilmfestival.comAired June 22, 2013.

Movies
11:15 am
Sat June 15, 2013

ON FILM: Films of Shohei Imamura


Charles talks with filmmaker and Japanese film scholar, Marty Gross, about a new DVD set highlighting the documentaries of Japanese filmmaker Shohei Imamura.  They talk about the interesting mix of documentary and fiction that can be found in such films as "A Man Vanishes" and "The Pirates of Bubuan."  Imamura tended to focus on subjects who were considered outsiders from their social circles, and he often inserted himself and his crew into his films.  In this online-only extended interview, Gross talks more about why Imamura's documentaries often come across like narrative films.  Learn more about Imamura and his films at http://www.icarusfilms.com/filmmakers/ima.htmlhttp://www.martygrossfilms.com/


Aired June 15, 2013.

Movies
11:15 am
Sat June 8, 2013

ON FILM: World 3-D Film Expo


Charles talks with Jeff Joseph, co-producer of the 2013 World 3-D Film Expo in Hollywood.  The last 2 World 3-D Film Expos took place in 2003 & 2006, and this year's may be the last.  Jeff talks about the popularity of 3-D films in the 1950s and why they fell out of popularity.  He also explains how 3-D technology works, and how the technology of the past compares to that of today.  The 2013 World 3-D Film Expo will feature rare 3-D releases, screenings of classics such as "Hondo" with John Wayne, the sci-fi classic "It Came from Outer Space," so-bad-it's-good movies like "Robot Monster," and much, much more.  http://3-dfilmexpo.com/


Aired June 8, 2013.

Movies
11:15 am
Sat June 1, 2013

ON FILM: 48 Hour Film Slam


Charles talks with Ray Sanchez, owner of GhostLight Creative, about the GhostLight 48-Hour Film Slam, which allows local filmmakers to make a film from scratch in 48 hours.  Filmmakers are asked to attend a production briefing on June 14 at 6 p.m., at Kinley's House Coffee & Teas, 2231 N. Mesa.  $49 early registration, $79 after June 7.  Proceeds will benefit the Tapestries of Life Orphanage in Juarez.  Info & registration at www.ghostlightevents.com


Aired June 1, 2013.

KTEP Local
9:40 am
Tue May 28, 2013

ON FILM: Ray Harryhausen Remembered


Charles welcomes film historian Jay Duncan for a remembrance of stop-motion animation pioneer, Ray Harryhausen.  Harryhausen is responsible for the remarkable animation work on films such as "7th Voyage of Sinbad," "Jason and the Argonauts," and "Mysterious Island." Harryhausen died May 7, 2013, at the age of 92.  http://rayharryhausen.com, http://archive-editions.com/Aired May 25, 2013.

Movies
11:15 am
Sat May 11, 2013

ON FILM: Local Filmmakers at Cannes


Charles talks with Julian Quiambao and Carlos Alfonso Corral, camera assistants for the independent feature film, "Stop the Pounding Heart," directed by Roberto Minervini.  The film was chosen to be featured in this Cannes Film Festival (http://www.festival-cannes.fr/en/archives/ficheFilm/id/11409868/year/2013.html).  Julian, Carlos, and another local crew member are hoping to attend the festival and are crowd sourcing funds for their trip.  To learn more about the film and to find out how to help, visit http://main-tain.com/help-el-paso-filmmakers-get-to-cannes-2013/


Aired May 11, 2013.

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