Documentary Film: Before the Curtain Rises

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Dear Friends of Documentary Alliance
With the holidays around the corner, many of us will be engaged in familiar traditions like family dinners, gift exchanges, and taking in a great film. But one of these traditions has been slowly fading away.
Our PBS documentary film, Before the Curtain Rises, examines the colorful history of the golden age of motion picture theatres through the story of Texas’ movie theater empire, Interstate. It documents how saving many of the classic movie palaces has kept screens and stages entertaining communities, while acting as a catalyst for urban revitalization.
And as more people choose not to go out to the movies, it frames the debate about what this trend means for our society. Are we unknowingly walking away from the profoundly enriching experience of watching a film, together? At a time in history when events conspire to pull us apart, we cannot afford to lose a tradition that has always unified us as a community.
Check out what recently was written about these issues in Houston (and about our film) on Culture Map. You can insure that the moviegoing experience will be available to future generations by helping us complete the funding for this film. With much of the principal photography done and a challenge grant from Houston Endowment in place for post production, we are close to the finish line. But challenge grants are only awarded if the community offers to meet its generosity.
Donate to this important film online or by check to the mailing address below.
Documentary Alliance
5310 Bissonnet
Bellaire, TX 77401
Thank you for your support, Happy Holidays, and we hope to see you at the movies!


Jeffrey Mills
President, Documentary Alliance
and the Board of Directors

See a short (3 minute) preview of
Before the Curtain Rises

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