the heartbreaking child Elaine May‘s classic anti-rom-com turns 50 this year. But not how The Godfather, also celebrating its golden jubilee, there are limited opportunities to see it. The heartbreaking child was neither restored nor brought to the cinemas. It is not available for streaming. Your best bet is to find a now-out of print VHS or DVD edition of the film, which is currently $57 and $170 on Amazon, respectively.

For all practical purposes The heartbreaking child is missing. It’s one of many contemporary films that have fallen into limbo, much to the surprise and chagrin of their makers. “We are all involved The heartbreaking child were hoping it would be re-released” jeannie berlin, Oscar nomination for her hilarious and heartbreaking performance as Lila – the newlywed who was dumped by her husband on their honeymoon – tells vanity fair in an email. “There are many practices, theories and decision-making processes in this business that don’t make sense to me.”

To the the heartbreaking child as well as movies like I shot Andy Warhol the documentation The Weavers: Wasn’t that a time Laurie AndersonThe concert film home of the brave, and many more, a happy ending could be on the horizon. Missing Movies, a consortium of film artists and professionals, formed as an advocacy group for directors wishing to regain the rights to their films. It also hopes to educate the public about the vagaries of film distribution.

“So many people say, ‘You can get anything with the internet,'” he notes Amy Heller, a founding member of Missing Movies along with her husband, Dennis Doros. “We’re talking about an industry owned by a few exceptionally large organizations. This also leads to less diversity and flexibility [in what is available].”

Doros adds: “The subscription model depends on the new product. There’s the money. They focus on creating new content.”

Missing Movies officially launched this past February and largely started around four years ago. That’s if Ira Deutschman asked Director Nancy Savoca to show their 1993 independent film, house saints, at Columbia University, where Deutchman has taught for 35 years.

“The university put together a review of my career,” he says. “One of the films I championed was house saints, which I served as executive producer and co-financier while running Fine Line Features. I started phoning around to find out if it was available for the screen. Lo and behold, not only was it not available, but it was a mystery as to who controlled the rights and where the materials were. It was a disaster.”

No one was more surprised than Savoca and her husband and producing partner, Richard Guay. saints in the household was one of the top-rated films of 1993 and received an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress (Lili Taylor). “The 1990s were a wonderful time,” says Savoca. “All of these companies wanted content that they could put on home videos. Many wonderful filmmakers have had the opportunity to do really interesting work. So we thought, go to the next movie.” Little attention was paid to previously released works.

Deutchman’s request was a wake-up call. house saints, and the Emmy-nominated anthology *If These Walls Could Talk*, which Savoca co-wrote and directed two segments of, are not available to stream. “I turned to Richard and said, ‘I’m going to leave,'” she says.

There are many reasons why a film can be lost, from the clarification of prohibitively expensive music rights to the going out of business of the producing companies and rights holders and the indifference of the studios. The problem with house saints, says Deutchman, was that New Line’s rights and Columbia TriStar Home Video’s rights had expired. “Nancy, Richard, me and Sue Bodine, her attorney began investigating to whom the rights had reverted. We ended up with a television production company that no longer existed and there was no successor company either. That added to the mystery.”

But according to Deutchman, all is well: the rights to saints in the household were deleted, and the film is being restored and re-released. “But this whole adventure got us all thinking, there are numerous films that fall into this trap, and the filmmakers aren’t even aware of the fact that this trap exists,” says Deutchman. Other artists have surfaced with similar stories.

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