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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.

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

TCM cable channel has been a go to for classic movie lovers. While TCM allows movie lovers to enjoy the classics in the comfort of their own homes, TCM also recognizes the importance of the communal experience in watching a film with fellow film enthusiasts.  It is for that reason that TCM hosts the TCM Classic Film Festival and remains one of the important film festivals for the classics. Charlie Tabish, TCM's Senior Vice President for Programming discusses this years film festival that will run from April 6-9 in Hollywood. 


Aired March 25, 2017

The title of "Producer" in film and television credits has long been overlooked or associated with misconceptions on what exactly a producer does. Well the Producers Guild of America has been working to increase awareness of the organizations and the roles that producers play. One of the ways that the organization is working to increase awareness is through its podcast, "Produced By". Host Charles Horak speaks to the executive producer and host of the podcast, Kevin Fairchild.


Aired March 18, 2017 

Summer movie season may be two months away but with warm temperatures and movies like "Logan" making their debut, it almost seems like summer came early. Join host Charles Horak and frequent On Film contributor Jeanne Creel as they discuss the movies "Logan" and "Get Out", the summer movie season comes early! 

Aired March 11, 2017

Documentary films do more than just document, the transport the viewer to places and expand our view of the the world creating a unique experience. The recently completed documentary, "The Tenth Step", is an example of a documentary that provides that experience to the viewer. " The Tenth Step" chronicles one man's journey to retrace a life spent in extreme adventuring in and around the Himalayas. The film serves both as a documentary and an engrossing memoir. Charles Horak is joined by Gerry Moffatt, the films director and subject, and Pia Saengswang the film's writer and producer.


Aired March 5, 2017

Host Charles Horak is joined by Jay Duncan, local film historian and director of the Sunset Film Society. On this episode of On Film, Duncan talks about the Sunset Film Society's  March series which will spotlight El Paso. El Paso has hosted major movie productions and the March series will show 3 films that brought major actors to the border and made El Paso a star. 


The Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) has been digitizing and cataloging a wide range of moving image material that documents the lives of Texans. "Weathering Texas" is the latest online exhibition to be released by TAMI. Host Charles Horak is joined by Madeline Moya, managing director of TAMI, and Ayshea Khan, curator of the Weathering Texas exhibition, to discuss TAMI and the exhibition. 


Aired Feb. 11, 2017

A focus on the local film scene. Host Charles Horak sits down with local filmmaker Anthony Salgado to talk about his feature length crime film. Salgado is the writer, producer, director, and editor for  "Paranoid Flux". The film will have its debut next week.

Aired Feb. 4, 2017 

Host Charles Horak discusses The Alliance of Women Film Journalists'  EDA Awards with co-founder Jennifer Merin. The EDA awards recognize the work and contributions done by women and about women, both in front and behind the camera. 


Aired Jan. 28, 2017

For area filmmakers making a movie is only half the battle, the distribution and marketing can be just as or even more difficult, Las Cruces based Borderland Media hoped to bridge the gap between production and distribution. Host Charles Horak discusses with guests Troy Scoughton and David Salcido, partners with Borderland Media who just released a new anthology horror film, "Lady Belladonna's Nightshade". 

Frequent On Film contributor Jeanna Creel returns to the show and joins host Charles Horak to discuss two very different films about women who take control of their lives: Theodore Melfi's "Hidden Figures" and Paul Verhoeven's "Elle."

James Fino, twenty five-year veteran of the entertainment industry, joins us for this in-studio interview on Starburns Industries. Fino is an executive producer/partner with Starburns Industries and the firm's work in ground-breaking animation for television and feature films has been widely praised over the last few years.

It's a tradition for many families to gather at the holidays and share a favorite film. On the shortlist of biggest holiday film traditions would have to be the Technicolor musical, "Meet Me In St. Louis." Charles Horak wraps up this two-part edition of On Film.

Part 2 Original Air Date: August 31, 2013

The MGM musical "Meet Me In St. Louis" is near the top of the list of many family's favorite Christmas movie traditions, while only about a third of the film takes place during the holiday. Charles Horak discusses the musical and how it has resonated with audiences for decades in this special two-part edition of On Film.

Part 1 Original Air Date: August 24, 2013

Since it's opening in May of this year, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has added a variety of diverse programming to El Paso's cinema landscape. Host Charles Horak is joined by the Drafthouse's programming director, Robert Saucedo, and discusses the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema's first year in operation and plans for its future. 

Frequent On Film contributor Jeanna Creel returns to the show and joins host Charles Horak to discuss two recent releases: Tom Ford's "Nocturnal Animals" and John Madden's "Miss Sloane."


Let the awards season begin!  The 22nd annual Critics Choice Awards nominations honor "La La Land" with 12 nominations...and "Arrival” and “Moonlight” with ten nominations each.  The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) will honor the year's top films, actors, producers, and directors on December 11, broadcast on A&E.  BFCA members Felipa Solis and host Charles Horak talk about their faves and who they think was overlooked. 


Aired Dec 3, 2016

Film aficionado Kyle Alvarado joins host Charles Horak to discuss two recent releases: "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" and "Moonlight."  Does "Fantastic Beasts" spend too much time setting up a franchise, and does "Moonlight" live up to its critical acclaim?  Plus, Kyle & Charles share some other cinematic picks for your holiday weekend.

Aired Nov. 26, 2016

*Re-broadcast from April 23, 2016* 

Texas played a tremendous role in NASA's ambitions to get a man to the moon. The Texas Archive of the Moving Image has collected a number of broadcasts, films, and home movies that were not readily available to the public that document man's journey to the moon and the role that Texas played in that endeavor.

Afsheen Nomai, curator of the online exhibit A JOURNEY TO THE MOON THROUGH TEXAS, will share some of the stories behind those films, which are available for viewing at http://www.texasarchive.org/a_journey_to_the_moon/.

Aired Nov 19, 2016

Women filmmakers in El Paso are a strong, united force, and on this program, we'll visit with Angie Reza Tures, organizer of the Femme Frontera Filmmaker Showcase.  The festival will feature films by Laura Bustillos Jáquez, Iliana Sosa, Ilana Lapid, Jazmin Harvey, Yennifer Lucero, and Angie Reza Tures.  The public has 2 chances to catch these films:  Mon. Nov 14 at 6:30pm at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema ($7), and Tue. Nov 16 at 4:30pm at the El Paso Public Library downtown branch (free).  


Aired Nov. 12, 2016

In July 1984, a killer with a hatred towards Mexicans and Mexican-Americans open fired in a McDonalds in San Ysidro, California.  He killed 21 people...making this the worst mass shooting in the United States at the time.  Filmmaker Charlie Minn, whose films focus on innocent victims and underdogs, focused on the survivors and their tales of courage in his latest film "77 Minutes."  

The film opens in El Paso at Premiere Cinemas at Bassett Place on Nov. 11.

Aired Nov. 5, 2016

We'll all get our dose of Carrie or Freddie or Jason this Halloween, but there are a number of little-seen horror flicks that film director Lucky McKee recommends.  He joins us on this program to tell us why we must watch the classic "Mad Love" (1935) with Peter Lorre, or "Frailty" (2001) directed by Bill Paxton, or "The Legend of Hell House (1973).  

Aired Oct. 29, 2016

Scott Murray, Film Liaison for the nonprofit Film Las Cruces, joins us on this program to tell us how this new office is working to bring more film productions to the region...whether they be multi-million dollar blockbusters or independent shoots.   New Mexico has been very attractive to filmmakers across the region, but most of the business is drawn to Albuquerque or Santa Fe.  Film Las Cruces is working to bring jobs to the southern part of the state.


Aired Oct 22, 2016

Host Charles Horak and guest Jeanne Creel had a chance to see "The Girl on the Train" starring Emily Blunt, based on the bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins.  Jeanne read the book - does she feel that the film lives up to the book's standards?  Does Charles think the film stands alone on its own merits?

Plus, Charles & Jeanne heap praise on a couple of British productions that are available for streaming and on DVD or Blu Ray: "The Worricker Trilogy," a spy series starring Bill Nighy and Christopher Walken, and "The Dresser" starring Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins.

Aired October 15, 2016

Area filmmakers frequently have to make the 3 1/2-hour drive to Albuquerque to find good paying work.  Tax incentives in New Mexico far outweigh those offered in Texas, and a group of filmmaker advocates and a city councilman are working to change that.  We'll talk with District 1 Representative Peter Svarzbein, Jesus Nuñez of DoubleScope Films and Carlos Corral of MindWarp LLC.  They'll tell us about a recent rally at City Council and what the City is doing to help area filmmakers. 


Aired Oct. 8, 2016


  Dr. Bob Blackburn is the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, and he joins us on this program to tell us about the exciting discovery and preservation of a 1920 silent film that authentically portrayed Native Americans in a tale that starred over 300 Kiowa & Comanche actors who used their own tipis, horses, clothing, and traditions to the set.  


Aired October 1, 2016

  "Sully" spent 2 weeks at the top of the box office...and Oliver Stone's "Snowden" has been causing a stir.  What do our local film experts have to say about these films?  Broadcast Film Critic Association member Felipa Solis & film aficionado Kyle Alvarado weigh in on what's showing at our local cinemas. Aired Sept 24, 2016