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 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.

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.

Movies
11:14 am
Sat May 4, 2013

ON FILM: Detained in the Desert


Charles talks with filmmaker Iliana Sosa, director of the upcoming independent film "Detained in the Desert," adapted from the play of the same name by Josefina Lopez.  Sosa talks about the making of the film and the challenges she encountered, and why she tackled the touchy topic of immigration in her movie.  View the trailer at

, and visit the movie's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DetainedintheDesertMovie


To find out how to help a group of area filmmakers get to the Cannes Film Festival to attend a screening of their film "Stop the Pounding Heart," visit https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/eUuJe


Local filmmakers are also invited to submit their films to this August's Plaza Classic Film Festival.  Learn more at www.plazaclassic.com


Aired May 4, 2013.

Movies
11:15 am
Sat April 27, 2013

ON FILM: Saul Bass


In a rebroadcast from February 2, 2013, Charles talks with Pat Kirkham, author of "Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design."  In this online-only expanded interview, they talk about the career of Hollywood designer & filmmaker, Saul Bass, who is responsible for the memorable opening titles of films such as "Psycho," "Vertigo," and "West Side Story."  Bass also takes credit for storyboarding the shower sequence in "Psycho."


Kirkham is also Professor of Design History & Material Culture at Bard Graduate Center in New York.


Aired April 27, 2013.

Movies
11:15 am
Sat April 20, 2013

ON FILM: TCM Classic Film Festival


Charles talks with Charlie Tabesh, Senior Vice President of Programming at TCM, about the upcoming TCM Classic Film Festival, now entering its 4th year.  Hear about some of the exciting events planned for the festival, including a screening of the restoration of "Funny Girl," special appearances by 50+ stars including Carl Reiner, Mickey Rooney, and Max von Sydow...and a movie trivia event hosted by Alex Trebek.  The festival is April 25-28 in Hollywood. http://filmfestival.tcm.com/


Aired April 20, 2013.

Movies
11:15 am
Sat April 13, 2013

ON FILM: Roger Ebert Remembered


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, and which will be held April 17-21.  She also shares stories about a recent tribute to Ebert in Chicago.  www.rogerebert.com, http://ebertfest.comAired April 13, 2013.

KTEP Local
11:15 am
Sat April 6, 2013

ON FILM: Robert Nichols Remembered


Actor Robert Nichols, best known for his appearances on sci-fi classics "This Island Earth" and "The Thing from Another World," passed away on March 21, 2013, at age 88.  One of Nichols' earliest films was the 1956 epic, "Giant," starring Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor.  In this conversation recorded on August 20, 2008, at the very first Plaza Classic Film Festival, Charles talks on stage with Robert Nichols about what it was like to film this masterpiece with Hudson, Taylor, and James Dean.  Aired April 6, 2013.

Movies
11:15 am
Sat March 30, 2013

ON FILM: Humphrey Bogart Film Festival


Charles talks with Stephen Humphrey Bogart, son of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, and festival producer of the Humphrey Bogart Film Festival, taking place May 2-5, 2013, in Key Largo, Florida.  Bogart talks about the legacy of his famous father, as well as the numerous Bogart and non-Bogart noir films featured in the festival.  Bogart also explains why "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" is his favorite film that starred his father.  http://bogartfilmfestival.com


Aired March 30, 2013.

KTEP Local
11:15 am
Sat March 23, 2013

ON FILM: Film Studies at UTEP


Charles talks with Bobby Gutierrez, senior lecture at the UTEP Department of Communication, about UTEP's Film Studies courses.  Gutierrez explains why his classes are not all about sitting back and watching a movie every week, but teaching students about the language of filmmaking and understanding a filmmaker's vision.  He also explains why Film Studies attracts students of all degree plans, not just liberal arts.  To view the course load for a minor in Film Studies at UTEP, visit http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=66291Aired March 23, 2013.

Movies
11:15 am
Sat March 9, 2013

ON FILM: Tippi Hedren and "Marnie"


In a conversation recorded August 10, 2012, at the Plaza Classic Film Festival, actress Tippi Hedren reflects on the making of Alfred Hitchcock's 1964 thriller, "Marnie."  Hedren was chosen over Grace Kelly to play the  lead on the film, and Hitchcock's unnatural obsession with Hedren eventually led to her break with the director, who said he would ruin her if she broke her contract with him.  Aired March 9, 2013.

Movies
11:15 am
Sat March 2, 2013

ON FILM: March of the Troopers


Charles talks with filmmaker Charlie Minn, whose latest project documents the 1976 State Championship by the 1976 Eastwood High School basketball team.  "March of the Troopers" features interviews with some of the former players, coaches, and other important figures who played a part in that historic win.  Minn also talks about why this film was so much more difficult to make than his past true crime documentaries. 


"March of the Troopers" is currently screening at the Premiere Cinemas at Bassett Place.  http://troopersmarch.com/


Aired March 2, 2013.

Movies
11:15 am
Sat February 23, 2013

ON FILM: Oscar History


Charles welcomes back NMSU graduate student and cinephile, Jack Fields.  Fields talks about the 85-year history of the Academy Awards, including some of the stories behind the award show's nickname, "The Oscars."  Hear how the first Academy Awards presentation was held as a private party, and later broadcast on the radio.  Jack & Charles also talk about some of the award-winning films and actors who didn't stand the test of time.  Aired Feb. 23, 2013.

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