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Mostly Lost: Silent Film Archaeology II

  13.04.25 2:54pm

The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation is sponsoring “Mostly Lost: Silent Film Archaeology II,” the second in an ongoing series of Film Identification Workshops, on June 6-8, 2013 in Culpeper, Va. In keeping with the successful inaugural workshop in 2012, “Mostly Lost” will feature screenings of unidentified, under-identified or misidentified silent and early sound films. The new workshop will also include extra events, including an early bird tour of the state-of-the-art Packard Campus and a class on how to do basic film identification—Film ID 101. Other activities will be announced in coming months.

Ninety-five reels were screened at the first workshop and 38 of those—40 percent—were identified during the event. Through further research conducted after the workshop, attendees were able to identify eight additional titles, bringing the success rate up to 48 percent. The efforts by the AMIA Nitrate Committee FlickR website ( increased the percentage of identified titles to 55 percent with an additional six confirmed. A complete list of the identified titles will be posted in the near future.

Early film experts and archivists are encouraged to attend, but the workshop is also open to those who are interested in actively participating in researching the films showcased at the workshop.

In addition to films from the Library of Congress’ collections, “Mostly Lost” will again feature material from other film archives around the world. Live musical accompaniment during the workshop and evening presentations of newly preserved silent films will also be featured.

Detailed information, including registration instructions, will be forthcoming.

For more information contact Rob Stone ( ) or Rachel Parker (