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Drew Mayer Oakes

The borderland is swirling with filmmaking production activity, and much of that work is supported by and coordinated through one liaison between filmmakers and the city of El Paso. Drew Mayer Oakes is the Commissioner for the El Paso Film and Creative Industries Commission, and as such he is the one to give the first call when someone is looking to film into the city and its surroundings. In this edition of On Film host Charles Horak is joined by Drew Mayer Oakes as they look back at 2023 and get a report for the production year that just ended.

Drew Mayer-Oakes serves as film commissioner at the El Paso, Texas Film & Creative Industries Commission, after eleven years as director at the San Antonio Film Commission.With an interest in promoting independent film, Drew has promoted filmmakers in Texas by creating events such as the Texas Filmmakers Showcase, the Austin Digital Storytellers Alliance, the El Paso 2-Day Movie Challenge, and the San Antonio 48 HR Film Experience.

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Originally aired on January 20, 2024

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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