For thirty years, Marion Stokes secretly video-taped everything on TV, twenty-four hours a day. Starting with the Iranian Hostage Crisis in 1979, she witnessed the emergence of the 24-hour news cycle, which burgeoned across the channels and transformed the way we receive - and dispose of - news.
A rising star of the Communist Party in Philadelphia, Marion Stokes was a civil-rights era radical and public intellectual. Aware of how easily history could be lost or re-written, she felt compelled to record everything; to rescue fact from the compost heap of yesterday's news.
Matt Wolf's curious and compelling profile of the activist-hoarder crackles with footage from the 70,000 VHS tapes recovered after her death. But far from relegating her to the realms of paranoia, Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project opens up her archive, showing how the media shapes and reflects our lives, and how fine the line is between eccentric and visionary.
This screening was followed by an online Q&A with director Matt Wolf. This event is presented in partnership with Violet Pictures, who will be releasing this film on demand from a later date.