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Javier Gonzalez on the World of Film Producing

A ski bomb comedy finding success on streaming and a coming of age story that just won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival both have in common an El Paso producer. Las Cruces was in the spotlight at this year's Sundance Festival as the drama “In the Summers” won the top prize, and “Weak Layers”, a ski adventure comedy, is out on streaming and on the top three most watched Indie Films. In this edition of On Film, film producer Javier Gonzalez joins host Charles Horak to discuss the success of the films and film production.

It wasn’t until halfway through law school that Javier Gonzalez realized he wanted to be a film producer. Now, years later, he is an El Paso-based, Emmy Award-winning Producer whose films have been selected for the Cannes, Venice, Sundance, Toronto, South by Southwest, New York, Rotterdam, TriBeCa, Fantastic Fest, Morelia, Glasgow, Stockholm, Los Angeles, Sitges and Los Cabos Film Festivals.

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Originally aired on February 10, 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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