Our screening was followed by an online Q&A with director Matt Wolf.

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.