“Mostly Lost 8: A Film Identification Workshop” runs through Saturday night at the Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center Packard Campus on Mount Pony in Culpeper.
The annual program attended by early film experts and archivists from all over will feature the screenings of unidentified, under-identified or misidentified silent and sound films. The workshop was also available to any registered attendee willing to actively help identify and research showcased films.
In addition to films from the Library of Congress collections, “Mostly Lost” features material from other film archives around the world, according to a news release. The event, which started Wednesday night with a reception at Mountain Run Winery, also includes live musical accompaniment and evening presentations of silent films.
On Thursday morning, Robert Tevis and George Willeman will present a program in the Packard Theater featuring a film about the Lambs Club, founded in 1874, as America’s oldest theatrical club. The club and the Columbia Pictures Corporation produced a series of two-reel comedies. Little was known of these films until they were rediscovered at the Library of Congress, and the Lambs Archive was researched at the Performing Arts Library in New York, according to the Library of Congress.
On Thursday at 8 p.m., the theater will screen 1917’s silent, “The Winning of Sally Temple” with musical accompaniment by Philip Carli. When Lady Pamela’s inheritance is threatened by the arrival of the guardian who she has never met, she hires beloved actress Sally Temple (Fannie Ward) to impersonate her. This lavish comedy-drama is directed by George Melford and also features Jack Dean, Walter Lang, Paul Weigel, and Horace Carpenter, according to publicity.
Other recordings to be explored during the three-day workshop will be Eastman Kodak Company’s two-color Kodachrome collection, Early Selig Polyscope Films, the Lost Negatives of Georges Méliès and screenings from archives around the world, including rarely seen images in "Blazing the Trail," which recounts the adventures of Kalem’s pioneering filmmakers Sidney Olcott and Gene Gauntier in Ireland in the early 1910s.
“Each time that attendees of Mostly Lost identify a movie still, put a name to a performer, or determine a film’s original title, the resulting increase in knowledge has an immediate transformative effect on the artifact in question. Footage that may have lurked in anonymous obscurity in the bowels of a collection for decades can suddenly be cataloged precisely, reconsidered in its proper historical context, and related to other works of the same distributor, producer, director or star,” according to the Library of Congress.
Nightly screenings will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday as well as part of Mostly Lost, replacing the regularly-scheduled public movie showings on the weekend.