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Missing Movies Manifesto

“As an ad hoc group of film lovers and professionals, we have come together to create ‘Missing Movies’ to empower filmmakers, distributors, and archivists to locate lost materials, clear rights and advocate for policies and laws to make the full range of our cinema history available. There is an immediate need to address this issue. Movies are not as available today as they were during the heyday of VHS when brick-and-mortar video stores might carry tens of thousands of titles. Now, with a few giant companies controlling the most popular streaming services and trying to outdo one another with original content, many older movies are being left behind. Thousands of movies are either completely lost or are deemed too small to warrant the expense, and thus are unavailable. This is especially true of work created by women and people of color. As a result, we end up with a skewed history of filmmaking and crucial gaps in our cultural knowledge and legacy. Missing Movies will work to demystify and help decipher the economic, legal, and practical hurdles that filmmakers face when they want to make their older works available.”
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