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 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 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.

  Charles talks with Christian Gerstheimer, curator at the El Paso Museum of Art, about the museum's exhibit, "No Subtitles Required: The Art of the International Film Poster."  The exhibit, which is being presented in conjunction with the Plaza Classic Film Festival in August, features poster art for famous movies created by international artists.  Christian tells us why many of these artists who worked under strict censorship rules were not able to see the films they were illustrating.  The posters come from the personal collection of Charles and Ann Horak.  Learn more at http://elpasoartmuseum.org/ and on the museum's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ElPasoMuseumofArt.

Aired July 19, 2014.

Indiana University

  Charles talks with Andy Uhrich, film archivist, about an online exhibition of WWII propaganda films curated by Indiana University.  Hear about why these films were created and why they often targeted specific audiences.  In this online-only extended interview, Andy talks about why these films are important in understanding the culture of the times.  View the exhibit here: http://collections.libraries.iub.edu/IULMIA/exhibits/show/world-war-ii-propaganda-films

Aired July 12, 2014.



   In a rebroadcast from March 15, 2014, Charles talks with Bill Morrison, who wrote, directed, edited, and produced the 2002 film "Decasia," which was recently added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry.  The experimental film consists of pieces of film that are in various states of decomposition.  Bill says the images are meant to invite the viewer's mind to wander.  In this online exclusive extended interview, Bill explains the connections that tie the sequences together, despite the fact that there is no narrative arc.  He also discusses how the movie grew out of a request to visually accompany a new symphony.  http://billmorrisonfilm.com/

Aired July 5, 2014.

  Charles talks with Daniel Rios, a student at NMSU's Creative Media Institute; and Katherine Horak, a student at the University of Texas at Austin.  Daniel & Katherine recently attended the Cannes Film Festival as part of the Creative Mind Group's efforts to send student interns to prestigious film festivals in Cannes, Sundance, and Toronto.  Daniel & Katherine had vastly different experiences at Cannes.  Daniel worked under Creative Mind's Networking program, in which he was able to meet with industry professionals.  Katherine was involved in the Filmmaker Initiative, and she and a small group of people were brought together to shoot, edit, and submit a film for competition in only 7 days.  The resulting film won a number of awards at Cannes.  Learn more about the Creative Mind Group at http://www.thecreativemindgroup.com/

Aired June 28, 2014.

  Charles talks with Ryan Steven Green, director of the "buddy/roadtrip/docu-dramedy," Circle the Wagen.   The film follows two friends who try to make a cross-country trip to California in a vintage Volkswagen bus (therefore the spelling "Wagen" in the film's title!), and their adventures lead them to discover America's vintage VW subculture.  Ryan explains why this roadtrip took nearly 4 years to make, including a very long layover in Tucumcari, New Mexico, following a breakdown.  http://www.circlethewagen.com/

Aired June 21, 2014.


  Charles talks with Neil Michaelsen, President & CEO of Triple Tap Ventures, about the new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema which will open in El Paso by Spring 2015.  A groundbreaking ceremony will take place June 19 at 11am at 5001 North Mesa, in the Montecillo neighborhood.  Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas are a unique combination of restaurant & theater, and Neil will tell us why these theaters stand out compared to your typical cinema-plex.  Follow the progress on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AlamoEP.

Aired Sat. June 14.

    Charles talks with Ray Sanchez, owner of GhostLight Creative, which is presenting its annual 48-Hour film Slam.  Filmmakers have 2 days to write, shoot, and edit a film at this event.  Beginners, amateurs, and professionals are all invited to take part in the film slam, which gets underway with a briefing on June 20. Proceeds from the 48-Hour Film Slam will benefit the Tapestries of Life orphanage in Mexico. Learn more at http://ghostlightevents.com

Aired June 7, 2014.

  Charles talks with Oscar Garza, who wrote a thesis on the famed Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki for his Liberal Arts Honors Program at UTEP.  Miyazaki recently announced his retirement from filmmaking, and Oscar & Charles reflect on Miyazaki's films and how his hand-drawn creations differ from the computer animated films popular in our cineplexes.  

Aired May 31, 2014.