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Missing Movies Panel

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Hear the fascinating restoration stories behind some of the films showing at this year’s Cinema Revival festival from an impressive panel of guests.

Film archivists estimate that half of all American films made before 1950—and more than 90 percent produced before 1929—are lost forever. But did you know that many films made in the last 50 years are inaccessible because of lost elements, lost rights, lack of a current distributor, or indifference from copyright owners?

Formed in 2022, the nonprofit Missing Movies is dedicated to making these films available again for all to see. Some “missing movies” include Mississippi Masala (1991), I Shot Andy Warhol (1996), and several films featured in this year’s festival, including The Letter (1929), Household Saints (1993), and The Annihilation of Fish (1999).

Join Missing Movies cofounders Dennis Doros and Amy Heller; filmmakers Charles Burnett, Nancy Savoca, and Richard Guay; and preservationist David Stenn as they discuss the challenges in bringing these films back so that audiences will be able to enjoy them for years to come. (program approx. 60 mins.)

See the complete 2024 Cinema Revival lineup.

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About the speakers

Charles Burnett chevron-down chevron-up

Charles Burnett is an acclaimed film director, producer, and writer. His films include Killer of Sheep (1978), My Brother’s Wedding (1983), To Sleep with Anger (1990), and The Glass Shield (1994). He was a key figure in the LA Rebellion film movement during the late 1960s to the late 1980s, and in 2017 he received an Honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement. 

Dennis Doros and Amy Heller chevron-down chevron-up

Dennis Doros and Amy Heller are cofounders of the film distribution label Milestone Films. They have stewarded the restorations of films including The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926), Portrait of Jason (1967), Killer of Sheep (1978), Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989), and many more. They are copresidents of Missing Movies, a nonprofit dedicated to making inaccessible films available for legal public viewing.

Richard Guay chevron-down chevron-up

Richard Guay is the producer of such films as True Love (1989), Dogfight (1991), Household Saints (1993), and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999). True Love received the Grand Jury Prize at the 1989 Sundance Film Festival. He is on the board of directors of Missing Movies, a nonprofit dedicated to making inaccessible films available for legal public viewing.

David Stenn chevron-down chevron-up

David Stenn’s writing/producing credits for television include Hill Street Blues, Boardwalk Empire, 21 Jump Street, Beverly Hills, 90210, and The L Word. He is the author of biographies Clara Bow: Runnin’ Wild and Bombshell: The Life and Death of Jean Harlow. Stenn’s Vanity Fair article “It Happened One Night…at M-G-M,” shed light on Hollywood’s best-suppressed scandal and brought vindication to rape survivor Patricia Douglas after 66 years in hiding. He adapted this story into the documentary film Girl 27. Stenn serves on the Film Committee of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and board of directors at the UCLA Film & Television Archive in Los Angeles.

National Endowment for the Arts 
Ohio Humanities

Rohauer Collection Foundation

Ohio Department of Development

Greater Columbus Arts Council

The Wexner Family 
Institute of Museum and Library Services

Ohio Arts Council, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts 
Ohio State’s Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme 
The Columbus Foundation 
Nationwide Foundation 
Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease

Mike and Paige Crane 
Axium Packaging 
Nancy Kramer 
Ohio State Energy Partners 
Ohio History Fund/Ohio History Connection 
Larry and Donna James 
Bruce and Joy Soll 
Rebecca Perry Damsen and Ben Towle 
Jones Day 
Alex and Renée Shumate


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Missing Movies Panel