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“There’s no place like home.” And with three clicks of her ruby slippers, Dorothy returned home to Kansas. But “home” in movies can mean many things.

We’ve invited archivists from Los Angeles’ renowned film libraries to interpret the theme “no place like home” and curate a special evening of discovery featuring remarkable, rarely seen moving image material (of virtually every format).

It’s a journey that takes us from a magical townhouse in Stockholm, through bygone East Germany and forgotten 1920s Hollywood, to a Florida mobile home as disasters nears, and the mystery of an anonymous home movie collection from the 1970s. Along the way we meet punk rockers, insurance executives, and Gus Van Sant’s cat.

Every object has a story (some that play like detective fiction) and each piece is a fascinating, funny, poignant reflection on “home” that also sheds light on the work of archivists.

Rare archive treasures have always been part of Lost & Found at the Movies (we’ve seen a 1911 version of The Odyssey, silent Shakespeare films, Bogart and Bacall on their yacht, and Buster Keaton demonstrating the art of the pie toss), but this time, we give the entire program over to archive gems. Join us for this “archivists’ homecoming.”

LFLA Members are invited to enjoy an exclusive reception following the program.

Lost & Found at the Movies is generously supported by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

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John Nein

John Nein is a Senior Programmer at the Sundance Film Festival and deals primarily with U.S. and international feature films. He also plans the festival’s panels and runs the Institute’s film preservation initiative. John grew up in Europe and the U.S., studied history at Carleton College, and earned his MFA from UCLA’s Film Directing program, where he made several award-winning shorts and lobbied tirelessly for better coffee in the vending machines.


Dino Everett

Dino Everett is a Hugh M. Hefner archivist, punk rock musician, silent film fan, and early movie technology cinegoon. Before coming to USC, he spent eight years at UCLA Film & Television Archive working in various departments including the Stanford Theatre Film Lab. Beginning with 35mm carbon arc projectors to earning a master’s in Moving Image Archive Studies, Everett has spent his life involved in moving image field and possesses both technical preservation experience and archive-specific optimization skills.


Kate Dollenmayer

Kate Dollenmayer is a filmmaker and film archivist based in Los Angeles. She formerly managed and curated the film collection at the Wende Museum of the Cold War in Culver City, and she currently works at the Academy Film Archive as well as serving on the Board of the non-profit Center for Home Movies.


Mark Toscano

Mark Toscano is a filmmaker, curator, and film preservationist based in Los Angeles. Since 2003, he has worked at the Academy Film Archive, where he specializes in the curation, conservation, and preservation of artists’ films such as Stan Brakhage Barbara Hammer, Chick Strand, and many others. He has curated and presented programs at numerous venues—from MoMA to Bangalore, and elsewhere. He is a programmer with Los Angeles Filmforum, and has lectured at various universities on experimental film and archiving, as well as teaching the History of Experimental Animation at CalArts.


May Haduong

May Haduong is the Senior Manager of Public Access at the Academy Film Archive, where she oversees access to the Archive’s Collection. Prior to serving at the Academy Film Archive, she was the Project Manager for the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project for LGBT Moving Image Preservation, a collaboration between the UCLA Film & Television Archive and Outfest, which produces the Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival. She currently serves on the Legacy Project Advisory Committee.


Shani Miller

Shani Miller is the Metadata and Digital Processing Coordinator at the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive. She was the project coordinator for the Golden State Mutual Audiovisual Digitization and Access Project at the UCLA Library. In this role, her responsibilities included, quality control and metadata creation, as well as management of outsourced digitization. Miller holds Master’s degrees in Moving Image Archive Studies from UCLA.


Todd Wiener

Todd Wiener has worked at the UCLA Film & Television Archive for more than nine years and currently serves as its Motion Picture Archivist, researching and supervising the acquisition of new material. He manages more than 500 print loans annually to film festivals, museums and other venues worldwide, including international festivals in London, Berlin, and more. Wiener is also the Archive’s liaison with major donors and depositors, as well as with important archival partners such as the Sundance Institute, Outfest UCLA Legacy Project, The Film Foundation, and Film Noir Foundation.


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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does Lost & Found at the Movies cost to attend?

    Lost & Found at the Movies is free to attend.

  • Can I attend if I’m not a Member?

    While priority notification is given to LFLA Members, non-Members are welcome to attend if space allows. However, the complimentary reception following the program is limited to Members.

  • Do I have to make a reservation?

    Reservations are recommended, as our programs often fill to capacity. Priority is given to reserved guests.

  • Can I attend even if I don’t have a reservation?

    Yes! We often have space available to accommodate walk-up guests without advanced reservations. Check our stand-by policy for more information.

  • Reservation Policy for Free Programs

    As Lost & Found at the Movies is free of charge, it is our policy to overbook. In the case of a FULL program your free reservation may not guarantee admission. We recommend arriving early. Unclaimed reservations will be released to standby patrons at the start of each program.

  • Standby Policy

    Standby numbers are distributed in person only one hour before the program, on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no advance wait list for full programs. Standby patrons will be admitted based on availability. Most programs will be available via podcast. Become a Member of the Library Foundation to receive priority notification of these programs.

  • Canceling a Reservation

    If you are unable to use your reservation, please email libbymccarthy@lfla.org.

  • Where does Lost & Found at the Movies take place?

    Unless otherwise noted, Lost & Found at the Movies is held at the downtown Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium.

  • Where should I park for Lost & Found at the Movies?

    We recommend taking public transportation. Parking for the Central Library is at the Westlawn Garage at 524 S. Flower Street. For more information, visit the Library’s website.

  • Where do I purchase the speaker’s book?

    Occasionally a guest on Lost & Found at the Movies is touring with a book. Books are made available for purchase at programs or can be purchased while making your online reservation. In order to participate in the book signing, you must purchase at least one book.


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