KTEP - El Paso, Texas

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.

Host Charles Horak welcomes his colleague Felipa Solis to On Film to discuss a new format to streaming called the Short Series.

Host Charles Horak welcomes actors Julia Chavez and Israel Rodriquez to discuss the premiere of the new film shot in the borderland, El Otro Tom. It premieres at the Venice Film Festical in September.

Host Charles Horak welcomes Author and Turner Classic Movies Senior Director of Original Programming Scott McGhee to discuss many things in classic films most importantly the stunt men and women who perform perilously dangerous stunts on film and his new book "Danger on the Silver Screen."

On Film - Film production on the Borderland

Aug 21, 2021

Host Charles Horak welcomes Gilbert Jorgenson, owner of Leo Lightning and Grip, to discuss equipment rentals in an ever increasing film making market and what lies ahead for the business.

Host Charles Horak welcomes back El Paso Film Commissoner Drew Mayer-Oakes to discuss the ongoing film production on the streets of El Paso and their impact on various aspects of the Sun City and the film industry.

On Film - Streaming films made easier

Aug 21, 2021

Host Charles Horak welcomes Jennifer Merin, film critic for Women's eNews and is the President of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. Merin worked as a film reviewer for The New York Press and SoHo News as well as a columnist for The Associated Press. 

The Dallas VideoFest has presented the work of emerging filmmakers, avante-garde video artists, and new moving image tech. After 34 years of running with success, the brainchild of Weiss comes to an end this year.

Host Charles Horak welcomes On Film contributor Kyle Alvarado to explore two new summer releases, the Summer of Soul and Val. 

Host Charles Horak welcomes Jennifer Merin. President and Founder of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, AWFJ, "a non-profit organization founded in 2006. It is based in New York City and is dedicated to supporting work by and about women in the film industry.

Host Charles Horak welcomes El Paso Director Manuel Crosby and Producer Brandon Kraus to discuss their new indie film "First Date", it's Summer release date and it's mainstream appeal.

On Film - Pride Month

Jun 7, 2021

Host Kyle Alvarado welcomes guest Steven Mansfield to discuss "Queer Films" throughtout the decades and how the landscaped has changed in today's society.

Host Charles Horak welcomes El Paso Classic Film Festival Director Doug Pullen to discuss this year's line-up and dates and what lies ahead for the festival in a post-pandemic El Paso.

  Host Charles Horak weclomes Film Director Ross Marks to discuss his new film "Walking with Herb" starring Edward James Olmos, Kathleen Quinlan and George Lopez filmed in around around the borderland.

Host Charles Horak welcomes Triple Tap Venture Progam Director Robert Saucedo to discuss going back to the movies and the new location in east El Paso.

Host Charles Horak welcomes Bhutan Filmmaker Karma Deki to discuss her film "Kushuthara" being shown virtually at UTEP during Bhutan days.

Host Charles Horak welcomes frequent On Film contributor Jane Kreel to discuss two Oscar nominated films.

Host Charles Horak welcomes back Film Frontera's Angie Reza Tures and Laura Bustillos Jaquez .

Host Charles Horak welcomes filmmaker Carlos Del La Torre to discuss marquis movie franchises extending their reach into our homes.

Host Charles Horak welcomes frequent contributor Kyle Alvarado to discuss two new films, The Nest and Mank.

National Hispanic Heritage Month has just come to an end, but its impact still remains. This week, Kyle Alvarado joined in to discuss the heritage of Latinos within the world of the cinema. From notable actors, writers, and films, we learned about the immense and sometimes misrepresented presence of Latinos and Latino stories within the American film industry. 

 As Fall approaches, film festivals around the world are still coming up with ideas about how to screen their curated selections. Our local film festival is at the forefront of innovation within this field. Artistic Director and Founder, Carlos Corral, streamed in this week to discuss the upcoming film festival. From October 16 - 25, the El Paso Film Festival will be streamed online with an immense selection of feature and short films. The festival is available via Apple TV, Roku TV, and Amazon Fire TV - all completely free. Donations are highly encouraged and appreciated. 

Documentary filmmaker, Kevin Ford, has just finished his latest project that focuses on the contentious yet bravely changing political climate of Texas. His new documentary explores how politicians, activists, and everyday citizens are beginning to pushback against the harmful rhetoric and policies of our current political status quo. Within the film, Ford specifically focuses on the 2018 midterm political campaigns of El Paso locals, Veronica Escobar and Beto O'Rourke. The Pushback is set to be released on virtual platforms on October 6, and Ford has organized a free virtual premier at 4:00 p.m. on October 5 with a panel that includes both Veronica Escobar and Beto O'Rourke. The Pushback is sure to serve as not only a contemporary look at the current social state of Texas but also as a historical document of the changing tides in Texas. 

Hosting a film festival in the COVID-19 era is no easy task. However, Angie Reza Tures of Femme Frontera is proving that, although it may be hard, it is surely accomplishable. The annual local film festival is going online this year with an impressive lineup set to premier this upcoming November. This local showcase with international zeal is sure to enamor audiences and help to further push female issues and professionals in the cinematic industry despite the current hurdles of living in the pandemic. 

For this week of On Film, guest host, Kyle Alvarado, streamed with, local filmmaker, James Arrabito about the release of his upcoming project I See a Darkness. From a Seed&Spark campaign to anticipated festival presentations across the world, James spoke about the triumphs and pitfalls of producing and releasing a local microbudget film in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. With an emphasis on experimental filmmaking techniques and interpretative symbolism, I See a Darkness helps to bring the local film industry closer to innovative forefronts and streaming screens of domestic and foreign festivals. 

This week's episode of On Film continues the immense discussion of the American Western from last week. With a discussion of the waning prominence of the Western, a reforming of the Western into police procedurals during the 1970's, and the controversial historical revisionism of some films, there was a plethora of topics discussed with Sunhouse Arts' Celine Dipp. 

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