Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (2019)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 27m

Marion Stokes was secretly recording television twenty-four hours a day for thirty years. It started in 1979 with the Iranian Hostage Crisis and ended on December 14, 2012 while the Sandy Hook massacre played on television as Marion passed away. In between, Marion recorded on 70,000 VHS tapes, capturing revolutions, lies, wars, bloopers, talk shows, and commercials that tell us who we were, and show how television shaped the world of today. This is a mystery in the form of a time capsule, about a radical Communist activist whose work was crazy but also genius.

Matt Wolf’s remarkable film uses Stokes’ recording obsession as a way to explore both Stokes herself and the world she literally committed to video tape. The results are fascinating, weird, and often quite moving.”- Kate Erbland, IndieWire


Matt Wolf



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