mostly lost 5

Mostly Lost 5

The Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, Packard Campus presents “Mostly Lost 5: A Film Identification Workshop” on June 16-18, 2016 in Culpeper, Virginia. “Mostly Lost” will feature the screenings of unidentified, under-identified or misidentified silent and early sound films.

Early film experts and archivists are encouraged to attend, but the workshop is also open to anyone willing to actively help identify and research the films showcased at the workshop. In addition to films from the Library of Congress’s collections, “Mostly Lost” features material from other film archives around the world. Throughout the event there will also be presentations about identifying film stills, a history of the Pathe Exchange, Loretta Young: Cinematographer, and more. Live musical accompaniment during the workshop and evening presentations of silent films will also be featured.

Who may attend?

Attendees range from students interested in film industry careers in fields such as film preservation to writers, scholars, archivists, filmmakers and just film buffs. Keep in mind that this is not a “sit back and enjoy the show” type of experience. We ask for your continual and enthusiastic engagement during the screenings as you and other attendees shout out things as you recognize them. Anything from car models, city landmarks, actors, production companies or even the title of the film if you happen to know it—the more the better!


The workshop itself is free however, to attend the workshop a $60 registration is required which covers lunches for all three days, the Saturday evening screening at The State Theatre, a Mostly Lost t-shirt and a “Best of Mostly Lost 4” DVD. Even if you are only able to attend a portion of Mostly Lost, the $60 still applies. Same goes for if you are bringing your own lunch, don’t want the t-shirt, or are unable to go to the evening screening at The State Theatre. You must be registered for the workshop and have received a confirmation to attend. We cannot accommodate unregistered guests.

The last day to register for “Mostly Lost 5” is Wednesday, June 1st.

The accompanists

While “Mostly Lost” is an interactive screening of unidentified films, most of which are silent, our theater is anything but silent. The unknown films are accompanied by three amazing musicians, who are sometimes so amazing that they can play and identify at the same time. Our regular “Mostly Lost” musical accompanists are once again Ben Model, Philip Carli and Andrew E. Simpson.

Here is a list of deadlines for Mostly Lost 5:

  • March 16: Presentation submissions due
  • April 16: Must receive items that need to be digitized (16mm, nitrate or pre-print)
  • April 21: Registration begins
  • May 16: Must receive items to be screened as is (35mm safety print, video and digital)
  • May 16: Unidentified stills due
  • June 1: Last date to request a refund for a canceled registration
  • June 1: Registration deadline
  • Event dates are June 16-18, 2016

  • Registration

    Before registering, please be sure to read through these web pages:


    Info about what happens during the workshop.



    Details about each days' activities during Mostly Lost.



    Travel info about train, plane, bus or car, plus hotels.



    Details about registration, the tour, evening shows, et al..