A night owl, Rachel Del Gaudio first fell in love with classic films at age 11 when she happened upon Sun Valley Serenade (1941) late one summer evening. Amid her greedy consumption of as many movies as possible, she noticed missing pieces to the filmographies of performers that she began to cherish. It was then that she learned about nitrate deterioration and quickly made it her life goal to save as many of these films as possible. While attending Chapman University, she spent her summers doing internships at film archives, where she hounded for opportunities to assist with their collections. Those lost summers paid off when she was offered a position at the Academy Film Archive to work with their nitrate film collection, and then subsequently landed a job at the Library of Congress in their Motion Picture division in 2009.
During her time at the LoC, she has worked in the vaults, processed collections, inspected prints for film loans and has worked to barcode the vast collection. The most rewarding project has been co-creating and orchestrating “Mostly Lost,” the annual workshop that is dedicated to identifying unknown films from around the world. The workshop is an organic extension of the Flickr page that she created in 2008 as chair of the Association of Moving Image Archivists’ Nitrate Committee that serves the same purpose. During her free time, Rachel lives more dangerously performing and teaching aerial silks and is addicted to game shows, chocolate and girly martinis. She can frequently be found espousing as to why horror films deserve more reverence and waxing on about how John Goodman is one of the greatest actors of our time.
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