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Mostly Lost 9

The Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, Packard Campus presents “Mostly Lost 9: A Film Identification Workshop” in Culpeper, Virginia. “Mostly Lost” will feature the screenings of unidentified, under-identified or misidentified silent and sound films. Beginning with an opening reception the evening of Wednesday, June 17th 2020 the event continues through the evening of Saturday, June 20.

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 collections, “Mostly Lost” features material from other film archives and collectors around the world. Throughout the event there will also be presentations, live musical accompaniment during the workshop and evening presentations of silent films will also be featured.
Unable to attend this year? “Mostly Lost” is held annually during June. The webpage for the next “Mostly Lost” will go live sometime in the fall of 2020. For more information, contact the Mostly Lost Team at

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! If you would like to be added to the Mostly Lost email distribution list then send a quick email to

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 will once again be Philip Carli, Ben Model, and Andrew Simpson.


A nominal registration fee will cover the costs for lunches and workshop materials. The registration fee will apply even if you are able to attend only a portion of the workshop. You must be registered for the workshop and have received a confirmation to attend. We cannot accommodate unregistered guests. Registration opens on Wednesday, March 17, 2020.


Here is a list of deadlines for Mostly Lost 9:

  • March 10: Presentation submissions due
  • March 17: Registration begins
  • April 7: Must receive items that need to be digitized (16mm, nitrate or pre-print)
  • May 5: Must receive items to be screened as is (35mm safety print, video and digital)
  • May 19: Last date to request a refund for a canceled registration
  • May 26: Unidentified stills due
  • May 26: Registration closes
  • Event dates are June 17-20, 2020


For the first time we are using an online form to gather presentation proposals for Mostly Lost. Visit external link and fill out all of the applicable fields with as much information as possible. Deadline to submit presentation proposals for Mostly Lost 9 is Tuesday March 10th, 2020. Within a few days of submitting your presentation proposal, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt. Selections will be made on Wednesday March 11th and all submitters will be notified on or about that date.


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 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm. We will also be offering an early bird tour of the Packard Campus on Thursday, June 18th at 8:30 am. Those who have toured the facility in the past should refrain from signing up for a tour this year. As in life, the schedule is subject to change without notice.

Wednesday, June 17

  • 6:00pm-10:00pm — Opening reception at Mountain Run Winery with a screening of  TBA title

Thursday, June 18

  • 8:30am-11:30am — Tour of the Packard Campus
  • 9:30am-11:15am — presentations for those NOT taking the tour
  • 11:30am-12:30pm — Lunch
  • 12:30pm-5:15 pm — Unidentified film screenings interspersed with various presentations
  • 8pm — evening screening of TBA title

Friday, June 19

  • 9am-5:15pm — Unidentified film screenings, presentations and lunch
  • 8pm — evening screening of TBA title

Saturday, June 20

  • 9am-5:15pm — Unidentified film screenings, presentations and lunch
  • 8pm — evening screening of TBA title


This section will contain more details as the event draws nearer.

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.


There will be a session dedicated to 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 capable of screening 35mm safety and video. 35mm pre-print or nitrate, 16mm, and 8mm items will need to be transferred to a digital file or disc to be included in the workshop.


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 no later than May 26th. 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.


All film submissions must arrive at the Packard Campus no later than May 5th. If you need items transferred, we can digitize them at the Packard Campus, but they must arrive no later than April 7th. Please send an email to to arrange this.


This section will contain more details as the event draws nearer.

Shuttle Service

As was implemented for Mostly Lost 8, the provided shuttle service will be the only permitted method for guests to arrive onto the Packard Campus for the Thursday and Friday daytime programs (parking at the Packard Campus is allowed for the Saturday daytime and all evening programs). For additional information about this restriction see the Transportation section below.


The Packard Campus is located 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 vehicle. With the large number of attendees that Mostly Lost attracts, and for safety and security reasons, it has been determined that we can no longer accommodate individual attendees’ personal vehicles driving onto the campus. Please be considerate of the staff who must drive to work by taking the provided shuttle on Thursday and Friday. Security will not allow any vehicles driven by non-LoC staff onto the premises on those two days unless the attendee has been granted prior special permission. To obtain this permission email no later than Tuesday June 9th.

Below are detailed options about how to get to Culpeper:


Culpeper is about an hour to 90 minutes from DC 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.


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.
  • Baltimore International (BWI) is not close but there are several options including a MARC train that can be taken to Union Station to catch an Amtrak train. The transit options are listed here: external link
  • Richmond airport (RIC) is not close and does not have any public transit options to Culpeper.

LOOKING FOR ROOMSHARE? You can have this kind of discussion on the Friends of Mostly Lost Facebook page external link

If you have any questions or need to organize a ride to get to Culpeper then please send an email to Mostly Lost at and we will do our best to maintain a ride-matching service. Let us 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 we will do our best to work one out for you.

During the Event


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. This means that on Thursday do not arrive before 7:45am, on Friday and Saturday arrivals should not be before 8:15am.


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. 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.


Please do not bring any large bags or luggage into the building. Those items are best left in your vehicle or hotel, 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. Photography is allowed throughout the building. Especially if you are taking the tour then please bring your camera and snap away.


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 at checking-in.


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.


Mostly Lost 9 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.


This event will take place at Mountain Run Winery external link which is just a short car ride outside of the town of Culpeper. It is free and open to the public. The winery will have wine tastings available as well as the option to purchase wine by the glass or bottle. Badges and prior registration are not required to attend this event as registration material will not be available until Thursday morning at the Packard Campus.


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 available.


The Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening screenings of Mostly Lost will NOT be open to the public. These screenings are for registered Mostly Lost 9 attendees only. Because they are not open to the public, the screenings have been shifted to begin at 8:00p.m. allowing attendees extra time for dinner.


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. In an attempt to keep the Packard Campus theater nice and clean there is no food or drinks allowed inside of the theater although there will be very light refreshments in the lobby. This includes coffee for you addicts out there. The Library of Congress Packard theater has just over 200 seats and we anticipate the event being close to full.


If you would like to help with remaining unidentified films from past “Mostly Lost” workshops then please visit the flickr page external link 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 external linkand 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 or visit their office, which is located in the train depot. Also nearby are delicious wineries, cute shops and Civil War battlefields aplenty. 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 Tuesday March 17, 2020.

The last day for registration to “Mostly Lost 9” is Tuesday May 26. 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 19.

After that registration is non-refundable. REGISTRATION CLOSES ON WEDNESDAY MAY 26.

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