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Mostly Lost 6

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Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation

19053 Mount Pony Road

Culpeper, VA 22701

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Mostly Lost

The Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, Packard Campus presents “Mostly Lost 6: A Film Identification Workshop” on June 15-17, 2017 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 The Destruction of Some American Silent Features, The Lost Origins of Silent Horror Icons, William Fox and the Fox Film Corporation, as well as others. Live musical accompaniment during the workshop and evening presentations of silent films will also be featured.

For more information contact Rachel Del Gaudio (formerly Rachel Parker) and Rob Stone at mostlylost@loc.gov


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 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, Andrew Simpson and Philip Carli.


Costs

The workshop itself is free however, to attend the workshop a $50 registration is required which covers lunches for all three days, a Mostly Lost t-shirt and a “Best of Mostly Lost 5” DVD. Even if you are only able to attend a portion of Mostly Lost, the $50 still applies. Same goes for if you are bringing your own lunch or don’t want the t-shirt. 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 6” is Thursday, June 1st.


Deadlines

Here is a list of deadlines for Mostly Lost 6:

  • March 15: Presentation submissions due
  • April 3: Registration begins
  • April 15: Must receive items that need to be digitized (16mm, nitrate or pre-print)
  • May 15: Must receive items to be screened as is (35mm safety print, video and digital)
  • May 15: Unidentified stills due
  • June 1: Last date to request a refund for a canceled registration
  • June 1: Registration deadline
  • Event dates are June 15-17, 2017




SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE


The workshop will consist of unidentified film screenings and presentations on a variety of topics over three days at the Packard Campus. Additionally, there will be evening screenings that are open to the public on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm. We will also be offering an early bird tour of the Packard Campus on Thursday, June 15th at 8:30 am. We do ask that those who have toured the facility in the past to refrain from signing up for a tour this year. As in life, the schedule is subject to change without notice.


Thursday, June 15

  • 8:30am-11:30am – Tour of the Packard Campus
  • 10:30am-11:15am - "Barnstorming Brinton" presentation for those NOT taking the tour
  • 11:30am-12:30pm – Lunch
  • 12:30pm-5:15 pm – Unidentified film screenings interspersed with various presentations
  • 7:30pm – Newly restored silent films of “Now We're In The Air” (1927) and “Corporal Kate” (1926) accompanied by Andrew Simpson both shown from 35mm prints.


Friday, June 16

  • 9am-5:15pm – Unidentified film screenings, presentations and lunch
  • 7:30pm – Horror icon silent film screenings of “The Devil” (1915), "The Were Tiger" (1925) and "The Stolen Play" (1917) accompanied by Philip Carli.


Saturday, June 17

  • 9am-5:15pm – Unidentified film screenings, presentations and lunch
  • 7:30pm – Silent film screening of “Fox Film Corporation's 23rd Annual Convention, Hollywood, CA” (1926) and “Rogues and Romance” (1920) accompanied by Ben Model




PROGRAM

The unidentified films will not be announced before Mostly Lost but here is a description of all of the other events that will be taking place.


Thursday, June 15


8:30 a.m. Tour of the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation – 19053 Mount Pony Road, Culpeper, VA 22701


10:30 - 11:15 a.m. For those not on the tour

Barnstorming Brinton: The Business of Early Moving Pictures - Presented by Mike Zahs.

From the time he showed his first films in 1895 until he left the road in 1908, W. Frank Brinton was one of the most prolific showmen in the Central United States. Brinton introduced moving pictures to rural audiences in his home state of Iowa, north to Minnesota and south to Texas. His legacy lives on thanks to the survival of over 5 hours of film and over 8,000 artifacts from his estate. Join historian Michael Zahs to examine the heyday of The Brinton Entertaining Company, from 1904-1908, a time when Brinton was one of the most highly respected and highly paid entertainers in the Midwest. Presenting exhaustive evidence and original datebooks, receipts, newspaper accounts and catalogs from Pathé, Edison and Star Films, Zahs creates a lively portrait of life on the road for a true pioneer of the moving picture.


11:30 – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch catered by local restaurant “Luigi’s.” Lunch will be buffet style with the following options:

  • Baked ziti (vegetarian)
  • Lasagna
  • Chicken with sautéed vegetables (no pasta)
  • Garlic bread
  • Salad with various dressings


Following the lunch break:

Screenings of unidentified films as well as these presentations until 5:15 p.m.

Where Did Our Films Go? The Destruction of Some American Silent Features - Presented by David Pierce.

It is well known that most silent feature films no longer survive. In this presentation, David Pierce will review three tragic events - the Fox film vault fire at Little Ferry, New Jersey in the summer of 1937 (which affected multiple studio collections), the destruction of the silent-era Universal Pictures library in the late 1940s, and a film fire, never previously disclosed, that destroyed dozens of silent features of the 1920s. The presentation will include rare home movie footage, original photographs, vault inventories and destruction records.


Biograph Days: The American Mutoscope & Biograph Company and the Paper Print Collection - Presented by Paul Spehr.

One of the treasures of the Library of Congress’ Paper Print Collection are the films of the American Mutoscope & Biograph Company. Although the company is best known for the films of D. W. Griffith, it actually played a key role in American cinema before he even arrived. Releasing films in a large format - called 68mm today – they were not sold and could only be shown on the company’s projectors. The company provided an act: a projector, projectionist and a changing program of films, usually 15 to 18 short films which were typically accompanied by the house orchestra and sound effects. With the 1902 lawsuit this changed and the company began to sell their films on 35mm and copyright a selection of their leading productions as paper prints at the Library of Congress. Interestingly, during that period the most popular films were news and actuality films and the company had a close relationship with newspapers.


Silent Films in St. Augustine, Florida - Presented by Thomas Graham.

In the days when New York City was the hub on the film industry, St. Augustine, America’s Oldest City, was just thirty-two hours away by rail. During the winter time it offered sunshine, balmy atmosphere, semi-tropical verdure, and antique Spanish buildings. More than 120 films were made, at least partly, there. Theda Bara rose to fame with A Fool There Was. Tom Mix, Rudolph Valentino, Ethel Barrymore, Oliver Hardy, and a host of others performed in exotic settings.



7:30 p.m. - Newly restored silent films of “Now We're In The Air” (1927) and “Corporal Kate” (1926) accompanied by Andrew Simpson both shown from 35mm prints at the Packard Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

"Almost Found: NOW WE'RE IN THE AIR" (1927) – presented by Rob Byrne. Louise Brooks appeared in fourteen American films during the silent era. Five of these features are currently thought to be entirely lost, while two others survive only as fragments or incomplete copies. Now it’s time to move the needle, just a little bit, on the Louise Brooks Lost-Film-O-Meter. Following a tip from Kevin Brownlow, last August Robert Bryne learned of a fragmentary nitrate print of the hitherto considered lost Now We’re in the Air (1927) stored in the vaults of Národní filmový archiv in Prague. In this presentation, he will present a brief (very brief) description of the project to restore and preserve what remains, followed by a screening of the entire 22-minute restoration.

"CORPORAL KATE" (1926) Frequently cited as one of the first war films that feature the female angle, this is the premiere of the newly preserved DeMille Pictures Corporation feature. Two manicurists are in Europe when World War I breaks out. The two women decide to enlist and struggle not only with the brutalities of war but also with their love for the same man. Directed by Paul Slone. Starring Vera Reynolds, Julia Faye and Kenneth Thompson.



Friday, June 16


9 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Screening unidentified films from archives around the world with breaks in between including those noted below:


Silent comedy's most forgotten star? The lost Italian-American laughter of Cassio - Presented by Robert J. Kiss.

Between 1926 and 1929, the 'famous Italian-American film comedian Cassio' starred in his own series of Brooklyn-lensed two-reel shorts, as well as in a comedy feature in which his co-star was none other than Natacha Rambova. As Cassio's publicity noted, his credentials were exemplary: he was Valentino's first cousin, a nobleman in his own right, and 'called in Europe Italy's Charlie Chaplin.' However, Cassio's movies remain entirely absent from all standard databases and reference works, with the title of his 1928 feature - Who Am I? - proving strangely prophetic from the standpoint of film history. Nine decades on, Dr. Robert J. Kiss sheds light on a body of overlooked 1920s comedies shot on the East Coast by recently arrived Europeans, in which mountains of authentic Italian spaghetti and stacks of American slapstick custard pies collide head-on, both figuratively and literally.


The Lost Origins of Silent Horror Icons - Presented by Kelly Robinson.

The loss of such a great number of silent films has been particularly devastating for the horror genre. Early films featuring nearly any well-known horror characters you can name—werewolves, mummies, Dracula, Jekyll & Hyde, for example—are missing. In several cases, a creature’s very first screen appearance is lost, leaving us to merely speculate about its debut. Through stills, advertisements, and other ephemera, this presentation will unearth and illuminate these long-forgotten parts of horror history.



Lunch catered by “Jersey Mikes.” Lunch will include trays of sandwiches (a few without dressing/sauce of any kind), chips, and cookies. There is no need to indicate now or at a later date what you would like since this will be served buffet style with a wide variety of offerings.


7:30 p.m. – Horror icon silent film screenings of “The Devil” (1915), "The Were Tiger" (1925) and "The Stolen Play" (1917) presented by Kelly Robinson and accompanied by Philip Carli. The event is at the Packard Campus, and free and open to the public.


THE DEVIL (1915)

Artist Harry Lang is commissioned by a wealthy gentleman to paint a portrait of his wife, Isabella—who just happens to be Lang's former lover. Wishing to quell gossip, Isabella connives to marry off a friend to the artist. With his knowledge of their secrets holding them in his thrall, the Devil uses his supernatural powers and trickery to play puppet master to the love rectangle. Directed by Reginald Barker. Produced by Thomas H. Ince. Starring Edward Connelly, Bessie Barriscale and Arthur Maude.

THE WERE TIGER (1925)

The daughter of a mine owner has harrowing adventures in her struggle to reach her father through the jungles of the Malay Peninsula. Her travel is impeded by armed men and a mysterious beast that the natives describe as a man-eating tiger that preys on children and can transform into a human. Starring Hedda Nova, Frank J. Glendon, George Carrossella, and Jules Cowles

THE STOLEN PLAY (1917)

A blind playwright is engaged to his assistant and the two are close to completion of a new play. A play that is so dark and morbid that the two are on the brink of breakdowns. Admiring the playwright’s previous work, Leroux, a greedy agent, will stop at nothing to secure the play for himself. Directed by Harry Harvey. Starring Ruth Roland, Edward J. Brady and William Conklin.


Saturday, June 17


9 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Screening unidentified films from archives around the world with breaks in between including those noted below:


No Accounting For Taste: Silent Film Accompaniment Today - Presented by Laurel Howard.

Public screenings of silent film today are usually accompanied by live music, just as they were during the Silent Era, but not necessarily with the same music or even in the same style. Accompaniments range anywhere from historical recreations to experimental electronic scores. Are there rules about what can and cannot be done? The wide spectrum of opinion on this subject is explored through interviews and case studies.


William Fox and the Fox Film Corporation: Highlights and Lowlights - Presented by Merrill T. McCord

After giving a brief summary of the life of William Fox (1879-1952) and the history of the Fox Film Corporation (1915-1935), an array of little known facts will be related -- some sad, some amusing, some unbelievable -- about Mr. Fox and his studios, productions, and the people around him.


Lunch catered by local restaurant “El Jaripeo." Lunch will be buffet style fajita bar with the following offerings: tortillas, rice, beans, lettuce, tomatoes, beef, chicken, yellow squash, zucchini, onions, etc. Also some chips and salsa to make things more festive!


7:30 p.m. Silent film screening of “Fox Film Corporation's 23rd Annual Convention, Hollywood, CA” (1926) and “Rogues and Romance” (1920) accompanied by Ben Model at the Packard Campus. The event is free and open to the public.


FOX FILM CORPORATION'S 23RD ANNUAL CONVENTION, HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA (1926)

Informal shots of well-known attendees en route, being greeted, having fun, and departing. Presented by Merrill T. McCord.

ROGUES AND ROMANCE (1920)

A lighthearted story of a young American woman and her father while vacationing in Spain. She falls in love with a Spanish rebel whose gang has plans to kidnap the governor. When her American fiancé arrives for a visit she is torn between the two men. Filmed in Europe and starring Harry Semels, June Caprice, Marguerite Courtot and George B. Seitz who also directed.


Directly following the screening there will be a closing night reception held at The Library of Congress Packard Campus. This is for registered Mostly Lost 6 attendees only.



Do you have unidentified material?

Mostly Lost is a collaborative effort. Not only do we include material from archives around the world, but we also feature unknown items from collectors.


FILMS: There will be a session dedicated to just unidentified films that collectors possess. Do you want to know the original title of your Castle cut-down? Or did you come to possess reel 2 of a feature? Feel free to submit your film to be screened at Mostly Lost.


Our theater is only capable of screening 35mm safety and video. 16mm and 8mm items will need to be transferred to a digital file or disc to be included in the workshop.


STILLS: We will also set up a table with binders full of unidentified stills and photos for attendees to help identify. If you have any that you would like to submit, please email digital copies of the stills to mostlylost@loc.gov no later than May 15th. Please include any information already known about the still as well as a descriptive title for each image that can be used to relay information back to you.


DEADLINES: All film and still submissions must arrive at the Packard Campus no later than May 15th. If you need items transferred, we can digitize them at the Packard Campus, but they must arrive no later than April 15th. Please send an email to mostlylost@loc.gov to arrange this.




Lodging

Most of the hotels are not holding rooms for us but will still provide a special rate for attendees of “Mostly Lost.” We strongly suggest that you make your hotel reservations sooner rather than later. You must mention that you are visiting for the Library of Congress event in order to get the special rate. Your mentioning of this also helps us to hit the numbers we promised the hotels which is mutually beneficial so please mention the words “Library of Congress event” when making your reservation.


Our hotels of choice are:


The Quality Inn – 540-825-4900
890 Willis Road, Culpeper, VA 22701
Our rate: $90 + tax
They have set aside 25 rooms for us. Included are rooms with two double beds or one king bed. If there are any issues, ask to speak with Mildred


The Microtel – 540-829-0330
885 Willis Lane, Culpeper, VA 22701
Our rate: $65 + tax for a single room and $80 + tax for a suite
Included are rooms with a single (1 queen bed) or a suite (1 queen bed and 1 queen sofa pull-out)
If there are any issues, ask to speak with Gary Timmons.


The Best Western – 540-825-1253
791 Madison Road, Culpeper, VA 22701
Our rate: $91 + tax
If there are any issues, ask to speak with Jason


Best Western, Holiday Inn Express, Quality Inn and Red Roof Inn are all within walking distance of Microtel. Carpooling will be from the Microtel. Other Culpeper motels will make carpooling difficult so please keep that in mind when making a reservation. Should there not be any Culpeper lodging available we suggest you explore the town of Warrenton first.




Transportation


While the word campus truly does evoke an idea of multiple buildings, there is only one building at the Packard Campus. The address is 19053 Mount Pony Road, Culpeper, VA 22701. It is the large building built into the side of the hill. The campus is approximately 3.5 miles from most Culpeper hotels and is not walkable from any origin point. The only way onto the Packard Campus is by car. Most attendees will be carpooling from local hotels. Below are detailed options about how to get to Culpeper:


VIA CAR: Culpeper is about an hour to 90 minutes from D.C. depending on where you start from. It is easiest to do a Google Map search. The Packard Campus is located at: 19053 Mt. Pony Road, Culpeper, VA 22701.


VIA TRAIN: Culpeper is easily accessed via Amtrak from Washington, DC Union Station. Trains only stop in Culpeper a few times a day. Check Amtrak’s website for more information.


AIR TRAVEL:

There are several airports within driving distance from the Packard Campus. All of the below airports have the options to a) rent a car, b) take a taxi and c) take a van service such as Super Shuttle or Supreme Airport Shuttle.

  • On average, the most affordable and closest airport is Dulles International (IAD). There are several public transit options to get to an Amtrak train at Union Station from Dulles:

- Metro’s Silver Line express bus provides transport from the airport to the Wiehle-Reston Metrorail station for $5 and it runs every 15-20 minutes. From the Wiehle-Reston station board the silver train to then transfer to the red line at Metro Center.

- The 5A L’Enfant Plaza bus costs $7 and transports to Rosslyn, VA and L’Enfant Plaza where a transfer to the red line is required.

- The 981 Fairfax County Connector bus costs $1.75 and transports to the Wiehle-Reston Metrorail station. From the Wiehle-Reston station board the silver train to then transfer to the red line at Metro Center.

  • The easiest airport is Reagan National (DCA). There is a light rail station at the airport that can be taken to transfer to the red line at Gallery Place station. At Union Station an Amtrak train to Culpeper can be taken.
  • Charlottesville airport (CHO) is close but has limited flights and no public transit options.
  • Richmond airport (RIC) is not close and does not have any public transit options to Culpeper.


LOCAL TRANSPORTATION: There is no public transportation between the Packard Campus and town (including where the motels are located). It would be best for you to either have a car or organize a carpool with an attendee that does. We will run a van between the Packard Campus and town but space will be very limited.


LOOKING FOR RIDES OR ROOMSHARE? Several of our attendees will be sans personal vehicle while here for Mostly Lost. If you have room in your car, it would be nice if you would check to see if anyone needs a ride to and from The Packard Campus each day. You can also have this kind of discussion on the Friends of Mostly Lost Facebook page.


If you have any questions or still need a ride then please send an email to Laurel Howard lhoward@loc.gov who will do her best to maintain a ride-matching service. Let Laurel know which category you fall into: “Rides Needed,” “Rides to Share,” “Rides Needed from AMTRAK,” or “Drivers Offering to Pick Up from AMTRAK” with your details and she will do her best to work one out for you.




During the Event


ARRIVAL: While the word campus truly does evoke an idea of multiple buildings, there is only one building at the Packard Campus. The address is 19053 Mount Pony Road, Culpeper, VA 22701. It is the large building built into the side of the hill. Please do not arrive at The Packard Campus more than 45 minutes prior to the first event of that day. You will see Rachel frantically running around and that just kills the illusion. This means that on Thursday do not arrive before 7:45am, on Friday and Saturday arrivals should not be before 8:15am. There are 134 parking spaces for the Packard Campus so carpooling is strongly suggested. All spots are open to anyone and the only designated spots are the handicap ones.


WHAT DO I DO WHEN I ARRIVE? When you enter the building you will go through metal detectors and then you will see our registration table. Check in with the fine volunteers at the table for your name badge, your program and swag bag. There are stills for you to identify in binders and people for you to chat with before and between events. Beware though, events are organized to a schedule and we will do our best to keep to that so try not to be late. Rachel’s loud lungs provide the warning bell before each event and we will start if you are in your seat or not. If you are taking the tour then stop back by the registration table after the tour to get your swag bag. That way you do not have to haul things through the building for the three hour tour….the three hour tour.


BELONGINGS: Please do not bring any large bags or luggage into the building. Those items are best left in vehicles so that our security team will not have to rifle through them. Security’s protocol demands that every bag and belonging being taken out of the building will be checked as you leave. To help make this process quick and easy we ask that you please DO NOT bring in any DVDs, books, films or anything else that may appear to have come from the Library’s collection. Keep in mind that we have metal detectors that you are required to pass through every time you enter so please limit what you bring into the building.


PROGRAM: Yes, believe it or not, there is a program detailing each of the unidentified films you will see. No, you will not get a copy of the program in advance. It will be freshly printed and available for you when you pick up your swag bag after checking-in.


INTERNET: There will be Wi-Fi set up in the Packard Campus theater so please bring your laptops, tablets, or any other of those new-fangled internet capable devices that may be of use during the unidentified film screenings throughout the three days.


TICKETS: Mostly Lost 6 attendees will not have tickets to each specific event. Instead there is a generic registration to attend all events. The sole exception is for the tour of the Packard Campus. You will need to register for that as well so that we can keep an eye on the numbers. Once you arrive and check in, your name badge will gain you entry to everything including the unidentified screenings, lunches, and the evening programs. There will still be fun giveaways throughout the workshop probably in the form of drawing names or possibly a dartboard. We promise that to not make you stand in front of the dart board. Though if you are holding balloons you are asking for it.


SELLING ITEMS: We ask that you hold off and sell your books, DVDs, etc. in the lobby of The Packard Campus before the Friday evening screening from 6:30pm to 7:30pm and once the films have ended. Do you have items that you wish to sell? Shoot an email to mostlylost@loc.gov requesting either a half or a full table and we will coordinate that for you.


CLOSING RECEPTION: Your registration to Mostly Lost includes your entry to the closing reception. This will take place immediately following the evening films at the Packard Campus either outdoors around the reflecting pool (weather permitting) or inside the lobby. There will be light hors d’oeuvres but no alcohol avaialble.


THE STATE THEATRE: Sadly, The State Theatre in Culpeper, VA closed last fall. Previous Mostly Lost screenings and the closing receptions were held at this venue and while we feel the loss of this great theatre, the show must go on. All daytime and evening events for Mostly Lost 6 will take place at the Library of Congress Packard Campus. This includes the closing reception.


THEATER ETIQUETTE: We want for you to have fun at this event. Please arrive ready to talk and share your ideas about what you see on screen. We may ask for you to repeat yourself but that is because Rob Stone is on his way to being deaf. Humor him and yell your comment a bit louder. In an attempt to keep the Packard Campus theater nice and clean there is no food or drinks allowed inside of the theatre although there will be very light refreshments in the lobby. This includes coffee for you addicts out there.




If you want to begin the identifying fun or if you are (gasp!) unable to attend this year’s Mostly Lost workshop then please visit the flickr page that is dedicated to film identification.


The flickr site also contains films that were screened at past Mostly Lost workshops but have yet to be identified. Want to chat with other Mostly Lost attendees? Need to arrange roomshare? Like the Friends of Mostly Lost Facebook page and discuss away!




What else is there to do in Culpeper?


Want to know what other attractions and events are happening in the Culpeper, Virginia area? Visit the tourism website at www.visitculpeperva.com or visit their office, which is located in the train depot. They are very nice, don’t bite and appreciate treats. Also nearby are delicious wineries, cute shops and Civil War battlefields a plenty. A few antique malls, beautiful mountain hiking trails and some great restaurants make this area full of options if you want to extend your Virginia visit.


Be sure to get your picture taken at the LOVE sculpture across from the depot crafted from 35mm film reels provided by the Library of Congress.




REGISTRATION


Registration will open Monday, April 3rd.

The last day to register for “Mostly Lost 6” is Thursday, June 1st. If for any reason you are unable to attend Mostly Lost (and really why would you not?) then please let us know. Refunds on registration can only be completed until June 1st. After that registration is non-refundable. REGISTRATION CLOSES ON THURSDAY JUNE 1ST.




FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


  • What is included in my $50 registration? Happiness. And how can you put a price on that? Registration to Mostly Lost 6 covers all activities and screenings including but not limited to: lunch on all three days (Thursday, June 15, Friday, June 16, and Saturday, June 17), a Mostly Lost 6 t-shirt, a “Best of Mostly Lost 5” DVD, and the closing night reception.


  • What does the Mostly Lost 6 t-shirt look like? Your guess is as good as mine. We are currently still designing it. We are definitely having options for both men and women so that the ladies are not stuck with something they would never wear. Once the shirt gets designed then we will upload an image of this year's logo here so please check back if you are curious.


  • Do I have to register? YES. Absolutely every single person who wants to attend must register by the June 1st deadline. This goes for the accompanists, presenters, Library of Congress Staff, significant others, people who are helping us, the living dead, and people from institutions that are providing material. This allows for us to keep up with our numbers since the theatre only has so many seats and it allows for us to be accountable for who is in the building which is a safety issue. YOU MUST REGISTER IN ORDER TO ATTEND.


  • How will the evening screenings work since they are open to the public? The Library of Congress Packard theater has just over 200 seats and we anticipate the evening screenings being close to full and possibly lead to some being turned away. To ensure that you can get a seat we suggest that you arrive early. But not too early! The doors do not open until 6:30p.m. If you know of someone who is not a Mostly Lost attendee who would like to come to an evening screening then free tickets for each evening will be availble here beginning Friday June 2nd.


  • Has the tour changed for me to attend it again? Unless you count the loss of hair and added wrinkles to some of our employees the building has not changed and the tour should not be any different since you were last here. Please don’t take the tour if you have taken it before.
    We have programmed a 45 minute presentation from 10:30am to 11:15am on Thursday so that attendees not taking the tour have an activity as well.


  • Is photography allowed? Photography is allowed throughout the building. Especially if you are taking the tour then please bring your camera and snap away.


  • Is the event going to sell out? It is possible. Each year this workshop grows in magnitude as well as attendance and there is a good chance that this year will sell out. There are only 205 seats in the Packard Theater and last year there were 162 attendees. If you are set on coming to the workshop then you may want to register early.



Are there other sources to see what this shin-dig is all about? There certainly are!


See you in June!

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