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Hidden Flora

Provided by Ryan Rox
Photo by Lonnie Begaye
Actor, Writer and Director Ryan Rox

Host Charles Horak welcomes filmmaker Ryan Rox to discuss the leap from short to feature filmmaking, the challenges, and the road to making the new film, Hidden Flora, with a little help from friends.

El Paso native filmmaker Ryan Rox has been polishing their skills at short films for several years and has recently completed shooting their first feature film Hidden Flora.
The film, Hidden Flora is an autobiographical, queer coming-of-age romantic dramedy that explores romantic relationships and navigating the dating world as queer individuals. Told through the story of Roxii, a non-binary hopeless romantic who reflects on their formative past relationships, this film is a deeply personal visual memoir that Rox hopes will resonate with newer generations.

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Originally aired on December 2, 2023

Charles Horak didn't sleep much as a child, preferring instead to watch movies on late night TV. Not much has changed since then, except that he now shares his life-long passion for movies with others. Horak's association with On Film began in the summer of 2002 when he was interviewed by the show's originator, Cynthia Haines. In the summer of 2005, Horak took over for Haines as host of the show.
Sam Cassiano is a native Californian who spent his formative years in the Bay Area. An army brat, his family toured Germany and Japan before settling in El Paso in 1973. Initially a Communications Major at UTEP, a radio internship at KPAS-FM 94, the PASS launched his broadcasting career. He can be heard as the morning news anchor on KTEP during NPR's Morning Edition, and Friday evenings at 10 pm as the host of Friday Night Blues.
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