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Mostly Lost 7

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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 7: A Film Identification Workshop” on June 14-16, 2018 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, and live musical accompaniment during the workshop and evening presentations of silent films will also be featured.

For more information contact The Mostly Lost Team 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.


The workshop itself is free however, to attend the workshop a small registration is required which covers lunches for all three days, a Mostly Lost t-shirt and a “Best of Mostly Lost 6” DVD. Even if you are only able to attend a portion of Mostly Lost, the fee 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. Registration opens on Monday April 2nd and the last day to register for “Mostly Lost 7” is Thursday, May 31st.


Here is a list of deadlines for Mostly Lost 7:

  • March 14: Presentation submissions due
  • April 2: Registration begins
  • April 14: Must receive items that need to be digitized (16mm, nitrate or pre-print)
  • May 14: Must receive items to be screened as is (35mm safety print, video and digital)
  • May 14: Unidentified stills due
  • May 31: Last date to request a refund for a canceled registration
  • May 31: Registration deadline
  • Event dates are June 14-16, 2018


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 14th 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 14

  • 8:30am-11:30am – Tour of the Packard Campus
  • 10:30am-11:15am - 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 – evening screening of rare feature film

Friday, June 15

  • 9am-5:15pm – Unidentified film screenings, presentations and lunch
  • 7:30pm – evening screening of rare feature film

Saturday, June 16

  • 9am-5:15pm – Unidentified film screenings, presentations and lunch
  • 7:30pm – evening screening of rare feature film

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 14th. 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 14th. 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.


It is still too far in advance for us to talk with the local hotels about holding rooms or creating special rates. Those details will be posted here when the event date draws nearer.


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.


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 7 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. at the time that will be designated sometime in May. More details will be added here as the event gets closer.

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 fall of 2016. 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 7 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 will open Monday, April 2nd.

The last day to register for “Mostly Lost 7” is Thursday, May 31st. 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 May 31st. After that registration is non-refundable. REGISTRATION CLOSES ON THURSDAY MAY 31ST.


  • What is included in my registration? Happiness. And how can you put a price on that? Registration to Mostly Lost 7 covers all activities and screenings including but not limited to: lunch on all three days (Thursday, June 14, Friday, June 15, and Saturday, June 16), a Mostly Lost 7 t-shirt, a “Best of Mostly Lost 6” DVD, and the closing night reception.

  • What does the Mostly Lost 7 t-shirt look like? Your guess is as good as ours. 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 May 31st 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 please invite them along! While seating will be tight, we should be able to get everyone in the theater.

  • 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 hope to program a presentation in the theater that runs during the same time as the tour 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 at Mostly Lost 6 there were 198 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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19053 Mount Pony Road

Culpeper, VA 22701

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