Interstate Documentary Project saw a major round of production
in December. In Washington D.C., the production team interviewed
MPAA President Jack Valenti who grew up in Houston and worked
in downtown theaters near the Interstate Majestic, Metropolitan,
and Kirby. Mr. Valenti's career in the motion picture business
also offered a unique perspective on how history changed the the
theatre exhibition business and saw an end to companies like Interstate
that were built around single screen movie palaces.
also shot footage at the D.C. offices of Martinez and Johnson
Architects, the contractors hired to design and supervise the
restoration of the Interstate Plaza Theatre in El Paso. Io would
then follow several teams from their firm to El Paso in the following
week, where they were involved with surveying the theater for
various restoration issues... details that would go into the next
round of design revisions.
in El Paso, Io also interviewed Cynthia Farah, Assistant Professor
of Film Studies at the University of Texas at El Paso. Ms Farah
is working on a book about the history of motion picture theaters
in El Paso. Her interest in doing the book began with the efforts
of the El Paso Community Foundation to save the city's landmark
atmospheric theater, the Plaza.
In an interesting reversal of roles, Cynthia also interviewed
director Jeff Mills about Before the Curtain Rises on her
weekly radio program about film aired