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 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
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.
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/
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.com. Aired April 13, 2013.
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.
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
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=66291. Aired March 23, 2013.
In this extended online interview, 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.
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.
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.
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.
In a conversation recorded in August 2012 at the Plaza Classic Film Festival, Charles talks with legendary actress Eva Marie Saint about the making of the 1954 Elia Kazan classic, "On the Waterfront." Saint talks about working with Marlon Brando, an unscripted "glove" scene, and in this online-exclusive expanded interview, some behind the scenes observations about unknowingly living across the street from her cinematograher, and why it's so hard to re-shoot a closeup after filming has wrapped. Aired Feb. 16, 2013.
Charles talks with NMSU graduate student and cinephile, Jack Fields, about some of the great romance films of the past, including some on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Passions" list (www.afi.com/100Years/passions.aspx), and some on Jack's personal list:
Charles talks with Laura Zamarripa, Community Engagement Manager with the El Paso Museum of Art; and Adrian Morales, Librarian and film programmer for the El Paso Museum of Art. Zamarripa & Morales talk about the continuing World Cinema Series at the museum, which in February, focuses on French cinema, including "Amelie," "8 women," and others. To view a complete schedule, visit http://www.elpasoartmuseum.org/films.asp. Screenings are every Saturday at 2 p.m., free admission with a suggested donation of $3. Aired Jan. 26, 2013.
Charles talks with fellow Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) member, and former "On Film" host, Cynthia Haines, about the recent Critics Choice Awards show in Los Angeles. They share their opinions about the success of the awards show, and they talk about the stars they rubbed shoulders with. Haines also explains what sets the Critics Choice Awards show apart from other awards shows, such as the Golden Globes or the Academy Awards. www.criticschoice.com Aired Jan. 19, 2013.
Charles welcomes film historian & collector Jay Duncan to talk about some of the notable figures in TV & film who passed away in 2012. Hear about the impact that director Tony Scott, composer Marvin Hamlisch, writer Ray Bradbury, and astronaut Neil Armstrong had on TV and film during their lives & careers. Aired Jan. 12, 2013.
In a rebroadcast from June 16, 2012, Charles talks with journalist Skip Hollandsworth. In 1998, Hollandsworth wrote the article "Midnight in the Garden of East Texas," which told the true story of an assistant funeral director, Bernie, who became the companion of a wealthy widow. When she disappeared and Bernie confessed to murdering her, no one seemed alarmed or surprised. The article was made into the 2012 film "Bernie" starring Jack Black as Bernie and Shirley MacLaine as the wealthy widow. Director Richard Linklater recruited Hollandsworth to write the screenplay. Aired Jan. 5, 2013.
In a rebroadcast from February 11, 2012, Charles talks with Andrea Kalas, Vice President of Paramount Pictures. Kalas talks about the restoration process of the 1927 silent film, "Wings." Aired Dec. 22, 2012.
Charles talks to his fellow Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) voting member Felipa Solis to talk about the recently-released nominations for the upcoming Critics Choice Awards. They talk about the films and actors they think were overlooked, and about which movies have the best chance to walk away with an award. www.criticschoice.com. Aired Dec. 15, 2012.
Charles talks with UTEP Journalism major (and Film Studies minor), Oscar Garza, who shares some of his gift suggestions for the discriminating film lover in your life. Hear about the newly-restored classics, family films, horror flicks, and manly-man films that will your friends & family will enjoy receiving this holiday season. See below for Garza's complete list of recommendations. Aired Dec. 8, 2012.
Charles talks with Kerry Doyle, interim director of the Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at UTEP. Doyle talks about the current video exhibit at the Rubin Center, "Shifting Sands: Recent Videos from the Middle East," which remains on display through December 21. http://rubincenter.utep.edu.
Charles talks with Brent Kliewer, Director of Programming for the Santa Fe Film Festival. Kliewer talks about the exciting lineup of films and filmmaker discussions set to take place in northern New Mexico from Dec. 6-9. www.santafefilmfestival.com
Charles continues his conversation with actress Tippi Hedren, who starred in the Alfred Hitchcock horror & suspense classic, "The Birds." Hedren talks about having to work with real birds on set, and about Hitchcock's obsession with her. Originally recorded Aug. 10, 2012, at the Plaza Classic Film Festival. Aired Nov. 17, 2012.
We hear a conversation Charles Horak had with actress Tippi Hedren on the stage of the Plaza Theatre on Aug. 10, 2012, during the Plaza Classic Film Festival. Hedren talks about her early career acting in commercials and how one commercial caught the eye of famed director Alfred Hitchcock which led him to cast her in his now-classic film, "The Birds." Part 1 of a 2-part interview. Aired Nov. 10, 2012.
Guest host Jay Duncan talks with Santa Fe resident Jeff Berg. Berg is a freelance writer and former board member of the Mesilla Valley Film Society. Berg talks about the "Made in New Mexico" film clip series that has traveled across New Mexico and about the final installment, "The Last Shootout," which will screen Nov 8 at 7 p.m., at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. http://www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org/current.php?event_id=344
Charles talks with Ken Winokur, one of the members of the Alloy Orchestra, a 3-member ensemble that specializes in creating original scores for classic silent films. Winokur talks about the creative process and about his personal role in restoring the 1925 silent classic, "Phantom of the Opera." The Alloy Orchestra will be performing their original accompaniment to "Phantom" on Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m., at the Plaza Theatre. www.alloyorchestra.com
Charles talks with Austin filmmaker Rowdy Stovall about the release of his film "Mexican Sunrise," which was released in 2005. The film was screened at Cannes, but took a while before getting real distribution. Stovall talks about what he's learned in that long process. "Mexican Sunrise" premieres Sept 21 at Premiere Cinemas at Bassett Place. Aired Sept. 22, 2012.
Charles talks with Sarah DiLeo and Mark Johnson, producers of the 2012 film "Bless Me, Ultima," the film adaptation of Rudolfo Anaya's classic book. They talk about the making of the film and the challenges in marketing it to a mass audience. www.blessmeultima.comAired Sept. 29, 2012.
Charles talks to filmmaker Charlie Minn, whose latest film, "The New Juarez," provides an update on the drug-fueled murders in Ciudad Juarez. Over the last year, the murder rate in Juarez has decreased from 8 murders a day to 1 murder a day. The film examines the reasons behind the decrease. The film is screening at Bassett Place Premiere Cinemas for a limited time. Aired Oct. 6, 2012.
Charles talks with Michael Tomor, Director of the El Paso Museum of Art; and Laura Zamarripa, Community Engagement Manager with the El Paso Museum of Art, about the museum's newest film series, which is being held in conjunction with the exhibition "Rembrandt, Rubens and the Golden Age of Painting." Films are screening Saturdays through November, and include features such as "Elizabeth," "The Madness of King George," and "Man in the Iron Mask." www.elpasoartmuseum.orgAired Oct 13, 2012.