February 23, 2006

Mr. Jeffrey Mi11K
c/o Documentary Alliance
5310 Bissonnet
Bellaire, TX 77401-3912

Dear Jeffrey:
As Director of Programming at HoustonPBS, it is my pleasure to write this letter of endorsement for your documentary, Before The Curtain Rises. I liked your proposal when I first heard it and the trailer shows your vision is living up to its promise. Your feel for and attachment to the subject come through clearly and that is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever experienced a movie palace and surprise any who haven't. I think the use of one theater's story, and one extraordinary chain's story to tell a much larger story is the kind of personal touch that makes for an engaging documentary.

I am eager to see the finished program in order to explore scheduling possibilities, so I wish you the best with your fundraiser; I hope everyone sees the potential and promise of Before The Curtain Rises and provides you the finishing funds you need.

Keep me posted on your progress.

Ken Lawrence,
Director of Programming

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