Mostly Lost


The Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, Packard Campus presents “Mostly Lost 4: A Film Identification Workshop” on June 11-13, 2015 in Culpeper, Virginia. “Mostly Lost” will feature the screenings of unidentified, under-identified or misidentified silent and early sound films.

Rob Stone and Rachel Parker. Photo courtesy of Bill Dragga.

Rob Stone and Rachel Parker. Photo courtesy of Bill Dragga.

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 Foreign Negatives, American Silent Newsreels, forgotten star Lois Scott, paper print fragments, The Berkow collection, 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 Parker and Rob Stone at

Attendees of Mostly Lost 3. Photo courtesy of  Bill Dragga.

Attendees of Mostly Lost 3. Photo courtesy of Bill Dragga.

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!

Photo courtesy Bill Dragga.

Photo courtesy Bill Dragga.

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 Simpson.


The workshop itself is free however, to attend the workshop a $60 registration is required which covers lunches for all three days, the two evening screenings at The State Theatre and a Mostly Lost t-shirt. 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 screenings 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 4” is Monday, June 1st.  Within a week after you register you will receive an email from which will contain a link to a survey where you will choose your t-shirt size. Click here to register.

Here is a list of deadlines for Mostly Lost 4:

  • March 11: Presentation submissions due
  • April 11: Must receive items that need to be digitized (16mm, nitrate or pre-print)
  • April 16: Registration begins
  • May 11: Must receive items to be screened as is (35mm safety print, video and digital)
  • May 11: Unidentified stills due
  • May 29: Last date to request a refund for a canceled registration
  • June 1: Registration deadline
  • Event dates are June 11-13, 2015


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 11th 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 11

  • 8:30am-11:30am – Tour of the Packard Campus
  • 11:30-12:30 – Lunch
  • 12:30-5:15 pm – Unidentified film screenings interspersed with various presentations
  • 7:30pm – Silent film double feature at the Packard Campus of Norma Talmadge films “The Moth” (1917) accompanied by Ben Model and “The Only Woman” (1924) accompanied by Andrew Simpson

Friday, June 12

  • 9am-5:15pm – Unidentified film screenings, presentations and lunch
  • 7:30pm – History of 3D Cinema at The State Theatre

Saturday, June 13

  • 9am-5:15pm – Unidentified film screenings, presentations and lunch
  • 7:30pm – Silent film screening of “Sherlock Holmes” (1916) at The State Theatre accompanied by Philip Carli


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 11

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

11:30 – 12:30 p.m. – 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!

Following the lunch break:

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

The Mystery of the Second Camera: Multiple Editions of American Silent Features – Presented by David Pierce, Media History Digital Library. Many films from the silent film era were photographed using two cameras, with the explanation that the second camera was to create a negative for the foreign market. Reviewing standard production practice of the time, this presentation questions that assumption. The talk will demonstrate differences between release versions, present alternatives for the purpose of the second camera, and some of the implications for authenticity, restoration and documentation

The American Silent Newsreel: An Introduction – Presented by Greg Wilsbacher. Forty-three years after the publication of Ray Fielding’s The American Newsreel, 1911-1967, films scholars have still added little to the history of American silent newsreels. The work we have done has tended to focus on the more mature sound newsreels in no small part because they survive in much greater numbers as parts of defined corporate libraries. In contrast, most newsreels of the silent era came and went without leaving behind in-tact corporate records of film or paper. What we can learn of their operations must by necessity be gleaned from trade magazines, newspapers and other period records. This presentation will review our current state of knowledge showing surviving samples of (e.g., Selznick News, Fox News, Pathe News, etc) and provide an overview at the exceptional paper archive surviving to document the activity of Fox News.

The Berkow Collection: Finding Lost Films in a Private Collection – Presented by Jon Mirsalis.  Legendary film collector Gordon Berkow passed away in 2004, leaving behind a 2000+ title collection of 16mm films that have recently been recovered.  Gordon began collecting in the 1950s and acquired hundreds of old tinted originals of silent films, many that do not exist in any archive.  He was also part of the trio who purchased the collection of the late Robert Youngson, acquiring many camera negative printdowns of films where the negatives have subsequently been destroyed.  This presentation will review the history of the collection, highlight some rare found treasures, and provide details on some of the previously lost films that are now being digitized by the LOC.

7:30 p.m. Silent film double feature screening of Norma Talmadge films “The Moth” (1917) accompanied by Ben Model and “The Only Woman” (1924) accompanied by Andrew Simpson at the Packard Campus

Silent film screening with live accompaniment showcasing silent film star Norma Talmadge with two films from the Packard Campus archives. The event is free and open to the public.

“The Moth” (1917) is a story about a young woman who married young yet never took life seriously. After realizing how empty her life is, she begins to put her life in order but there are many hardships she must work through to get there. Directed by Edward Jose. Starring Norma Talmadge, Hassard Short, Eugene O’Brien and Adolphe Menjou. The last reels of this film are lost due to nitrate deterioration so the film survives only in an incomplete form that will be screened. The film will be accompanied on the Walker theater organ by Ben Model.

“The Only Woman” (1924) This rarely seen film is a story about a father desperate for his son to be viewed by society as anything but a drunk so he pairs him with Norma who does almost anything to make him well. Directed by Sidney Olcott. Starring Norma Talmadge, Eugene O’Brien, and Edwards Davis. The film will be accompanied on the Walker theater organ by Andrew Simpson.

Friday, June 12

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

Reclaiming “Lost” Films Using Copyright Fragments – Presented by Dana Driskel. Though most silent films will never be seen again some remarkably useful images lurk in the Library of Congress copyright fragment collection. Unlike the earlier-era paper prints, the paper fragments give only glimpses of the original productions. Yet some contain enough discreet images to allow reconstructions. This presentation introduces the scope of the collection and how lost films can be reclaimed from oblivion. Examples from the American Film Manufacturing Company will be screened

Clyde Cook and Lois Scott in THE GUIDE (1921)

Clyde Cook and Lois Scott in THE GUIDE (1921)

‘Mostly lost’ Silent Comedy Actress Lois Scott (1900-1924) – Lois Scott’s name is nowhere to be found in even the most detailed accounts of American silent comedy, a consequence of the loss or long-term unavailability of almost all her films. And yet she had been a member of Johnny Ray’s movie comedy troupe by age fifteen; rose during her first year in Hollywood from Fox Sunshine bathing beauty to playing female lead in Clyde Cook’s Fox comedies; and was feted in the press as ‘a comedienne of the first rank,’ who worked in over three dozen two-reelers and eight features. Employing previously unavailable materials including Lois Scott’s personal scrapbook, Robert J. Kiss reconstructs the actress’ frenetically-paced life-story, while highlighting the pleasures and pitfalls of relying on press clippings, studio stills and an extremely partial collection of surviving films as research tools.

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Lunch catered by “Tropical Smoothie Cafe”. Lunch will include trays of halved sandwiches and wraps (a few without dressing/sauce of any kind), chips, cookies and smoothies. There is no need to indicate now or at a later date what you would like since this will be served buffet style with the following offerings:

  • Chipotle Turkey Sandwich – Turkey, Pepper Jack cheese, Tomatoes, Romaine & Chipotle Mayo on Ciabatta
  • Ham & Swiss Sandwich – Ham, Swiss cheese, Tomatoes & Romaine on Ciabatta. Mayo and Mustard on-the-side
  • Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad Sandwich – Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad, Tomatoes & Field Greens on Nine-Grain Wheat Bread
  • Hummus Veggie Wrap – Hummus, Pepper Jack cheese, Southwestern Rice with Corn, Black Beans & Asparagus, Romaine, Died Tomatoes & Southwest Ranch Dressing in a Garlic Herb Tortilla
  • King Caesar Wrap – Chicken, Parmesan cheese, Tomatoes, Romaine & Caesar Dressing in a Garlic Herb Tortilla
  • Thai Chicken wrap – Chicken, Romaine, Carrots, Sesame seeds, Wonton chips & Spicy Thai Peanut Dressing in a White Flour Tortilla)

Smoothies that will be available:

  • Kiwi Quencher – Kiwi, Strawberries & Non-Fat Yogurt
  • Mango Magic – Mango, Pineapples & Non-Fat Yogurt
  • Paradise Point – Strawberries, Banana & Pineapple
  • Strawberry Limeade – Strawberries & Lime
  • Sunny Day – Mango, Banana, Orange & Kiwi

7:30 p.m. Joint program between the Library and the newly restored State Theatre “History of 3D Cinema”

History of 3D Cinema told as never before, in a show presented by Serge Bromberg. From the first experiments to the commercial world, with live piano for silent films, he will reveal amazing stories, surprises, and show films one would never have expected to exist. You won’t believe your eyes. From the entrance of a train by Louis Lumière to Russian films, from the early days of cinema to the latest experiments, the story of 3D is a thrilling adventure that has never been told before. At least like this! Film clips will be shown and the required glasses will be provided. Before the 3D extravaganza, Eric Grayson will present a newly preserved chapter of King of the Kongo. The screening costs $10 per person for non-Mostly Lost 4 attendees and is open to the public.

Saturday, June 13

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

Visiting With Roach Royalty – In the late-70s through mid-1980s, TV/video producer Jim Kerkhoff traveled from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles quite frequently on business.  Being a long-time Laurel and Hardy buff he took advantage of these trips to locate and visit with former Hal Roach Studios employees, developing close friendships with several of them.  In this presentation Jim will share his experiences, along with little known tid-bits of Hal Roach Studios film history relayed to him during these informal chats.

Do You Hide Aliens And Other Government Secrets There? - Have questions about what happens to a film when it is donated to the Library of Congress? Wonder why the Packard Campus is located in Culpeper, Virginia? Curious about how the Library obtains films from foreign archives? Baffled by how the people who work in the lab never appear to age? This panel will focus solely on answering the questions that Mostly Lost attendees most want to know. There will be employees that run the gamut of jobs at the Library of Congress Packard Campus available to answer your questions and relate their tales of woe/happiness/horror.

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

7:30 p.m. Joint program between the Library and the newly restored State Theatre of “Sherlock Holmes” (1916) with musical accompaniment by Philip Carli.

This is the east coast premiere of a long lost treasure, Sherlock Holmes. Originally released on May 15, 1916 by the Essanay Film company, this film stars William Gillette, the man who created and established himself as the world’s foremost interpreter of Holmes on stage. Following its initial release the film faded from view and in modern times had been counted among the “lost” films of the silent era. All this changed last year when a complete dupe negative of the French edition of the film was identified in the vaults of the Cinematheque Française. Since that monumental discovery, the Cinematheque and the San Francisco Silent Film Festival have collaborated on a complete restoration of the historic film.

Come see the very first cinematic meeting of the great detective and Moriarty, the Emperor of Crime. Will Holmes rescue Alice Faulkner from the clutches of the scheming Larrabees? Can Watson see through the deceptions of his mysterious visitors? Why does Holmes willingly enter the trap of the Stepney Gas Chamber? There is only one way to find out…

Prior to the screening, film restorer and SF Silent Film Festival board president Robert Byrne will introduce the film and describe the meticulous process of reconstructing and restoring the film, including the technical, historical, and curatorial aspects of returning Sherlock Holmes to a state as close as possible to that experienced by audiences almost 100 years ago.  This film will be accompanied by Phillip Carli. The screening costs $10 per person for non-Mostly Lost 4 attendees and is open to the public.

Directly following the screening there will be a closing night reception held in The State’s Black Box Theatre. This is for registered Mostly Lost 4 attendees only.


Unidentified Band Leader and Crooner outtake – click here to see more images from this film.

Unidentified Band Leader and Crooner outtake – click here to see more images from this 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 just 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 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 no later than May 11th. 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 11th. If you need items transferred, we can digitize them at the Packard Campus, but they must arrive no later than April 11th. Please send an email to to arrange this.


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 hotel of choice is:

The Microtel – 540-829-0330
885 Willis Lane, Culpeper, VA 22701
Our rate: $70 + tax.
Included are rooms with: a single (1 queen bed), a double (2 queen beds) or a suite (1 queen bed and 1 queen sofa pull-out)
If there are any issues, ask to speak with Francis

Although we have no agreement with them, if everything else is booked then we suggest:

The Best Western – 540-825-1253
791 Madison Road, Culpeper, VA 22701
Our rate: $83 + tax
If there are any issues, ask to speak with Debbie

The Comfort Inn – 540-825-4900
890 Willis Road, Culpeper, VA 22701
Our rate: None. Just going rate when you book.
If there are any issues, ask to speak with Mildred

Best Western, Holiday Inn Express, Comfort Inn and Rodeway 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.


Photo courtesy Bill Dragga.

Photo courtesy Bill Dragga.

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.

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.  If you fly into Reagan National (DCA) you can take the Metro over to Union Station. Flying into Baltimore (BWI) and you can take the MARC train ($5 or so) to Union Station. Dulles (IAD) would require a shuttle but they run often and are fairly inexpensive.

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. There is a survey that will be sent out after you register that will enable you to do this prior to arrival.  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. There will be a question in the survey automatically sent out within a week of your registration for Mostly Lost 4 where you can indicate if you need or can provide a ride. 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 Rob Farr at who will do his best to maintain a ride-matching service. Let Rob 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 he will do his best to work one out for you.

Dino Everett gives a demonstration of 16mm Vitaphone sound-on-disc system.  Photo courtesy of Bill Dragga.

Dino Everett gives a demonstration of 16mm Vitaphone sound-on-disc system. Photo courtesy of Bill Dragga.

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 30 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 8am, on Friday and Saturday arrivals should not be before 8:30am. 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 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. Our shiny, new metal detectors may be in place by “Mostly Lost 4” 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.

Photo courtesy Jack Dragga.

Photo courtesy Jack Dragga.

TICKETS: This is a big change from last year. Mostly Lost 4 will not have any tickets. Instead, 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 State Theatre before the Friday and Saturday evening screenings from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Do you have items that you wish to sell? Shoot an email to requesting either a half or a full table and we will coordinate that for you.

Photo courtesy of Bill Dragga.

Photo courtesy of Bill Dragga.

THE STATE THEATRE AND CLOSING RECEPTION: The State Theatre is located in downtown Culpeper at 305 South Main Street which is only 2.7 miles from the Packard Campus. Your registration to Mostly Lost includes your entry to both of the evening programs at the State Theatre. The Friday and Saturday evening screenings will have tickets for the public for sale up until that evening’s program begins. Those tickets may be obtained either on The State Theatre’s website or in person at will call. The lobby for The State Theatre will have vendors hocking their books, DVDs, etc. The State has one magical thing that the Packard Campus does not: popcorn. You can eat and drink in their theater and they have a lovely concession stand for you to purchase from. The programs will begin at 7:30pm. The Saturday reception will take place immediately following the film upstairs in the block box theater. There will be light hors d’oeuvres as well as beer and wine available. If you desire mixed drinks then those will be available via a cash bar.

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.

This unidentified film screened at Mostly Lost 3 and has yet to be identified. See more images of this conundrum here.

This unidentified film screened at Mostly Lost 3 and has yet to be identified. See more images of this conundrum here.

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 there 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 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.

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 Thursday, April 16. Click here to register.

There are no tickets for Mostly Lost 4 therefore there is nothing to be mailed. Registration is limited to one per cart so that we can gather the name and email address of each attendee. If you are registering multiple people then please enter each person’s name and email address and not your own multiple times.

The last day to register for “Mostly Lost 4” is Monday, 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 May 29th. After that registration is non-refundable.

Once you have registered you should receive a confirmation email from the State Theatre. Double check any spam folders that you have if you did not receive that email. The email comes from “Box Office” with a subject title of “Your order has been submitted.” If you cannot find that email but wish to have another one sent to you then call or email the State Theatre. Every week all of the email addresses gathered from registration will receive an email from providing a link to a survey where registrants will choose their t-shirt size, and be given a chance to note any dietary restrictions which will preclude you from eating the lunches as described above.


Attendee of Mostly Lost 3 researching an unidentified film.  Photo courtesy of Bill Dragga.

Attendee of Mostly Lost 3 researching an unidentified film.
Photo courtesy of Bill Dragga.

What is included in my $60 registration? Happiness. And how can you put a price on that?

Registration to Mostly Lost 4 covers all activities and screenings including but not limited to: lunch on all three days (Thursday, June 11, Friday, June 12, and Saturday, June 13), entrance to both of the evening screenings at the State Theatre (Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13) a Mostly Lost 4 t-shirt, and the closing night reception.

What does the Mostly Lost 4 t-shirt look like? Your guess is as good as mine. We are still designing it but plans are to utilize the beautiful new logo seen at the top of this webpage. 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 images of it 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, State Theater 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.

Can I get extra tickets for one or both of the evening screenings at The State Theatre? YES. The $60 registration for Mostly Lost 4 includes one ticket for each evening but if you would like to have other non-Mostly Lost attendees join you then please click here to purchase additional tickets for $10. Tickets for the screenings at The State Theatre are the only events that you can purchase tickets for up until the show starts. They are basically a Library of Congress programed evening at The State Theatre – albeit awesome ones. These additional tickets will be available for pick-up at the State Theatre box office.

How will the Thursday evening screening work since it is a smaller theatre? The Library of Congress Packard theater has just over 200 seats and we anticipate the Thursday evening screening being full. Thursday’s program is being held at the Library of Congress’ Packard theater for many reasons including a desire to run 35mm film and to be able to use the Walker organ. Since this screening and all screenings at the Packard Campus are free, there are no tickets for the Talmadge double feature. That combined with the adding in of non-Mostly Lost attendees means that we expect for the Thursday evening program to fill up 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 6:45p.m. The State Theatre has about 500 seats and we do not anticipate either the Friday or the Saturday evening programs to sell out.

If I email, can you register for me, give me a confirmation about my registration, or alter something involving registration? Since The State Theatre has been kind enough to handle registration for us, it is being entirely done through their site and their box office. We cannot see their information to let you know about your registration or what cute pictures of cats (or puppies) they’ve been looking at on the internet. If you have a question about if your registration went through or any of that then you need to contact the box office at either 540-829-0292 or

What is this survey I received after I registered all about? Within a week of you registering for Mostly Lost 4, you will receive an email from that will contain a link to a survey. Please follow that link and fill out the survey. The survey is how we will know things like what size t-shirt you want, if you will be taking the tour, if you have any dietary restrictions that preclude you from eating the provided lunches, and what information you want on your name badge. Please fill it out otherwise you may receive whatever size shirt we happen to have extras of and your name badge may read “Love Muffin”.

Photo courtesy of Jack Dragga.
Photo courtesy of Jack Dragga.

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.

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 156 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!

Photo courtesy of Jack Dragga.

Photo courtesy of Jack Dragga.

See you in June!