Speed Cinema Screenings: Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project 1/12/20 1 pm

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Sunday January 12

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1:00 PM  –  2:27 PM

“Intriguing from the first minute to last.”—Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

For over 30 years, Marion Stokes obsessively and privately recorded American television news twenty-four hours a day every day. An African American civil rights-era radical who became fabulously wealthy and reclusive later in life, her obsession started with the Iranian Hostage Crisis in 1979—at the dawn of the twenty-four hour news cycle. It ended on December 14, 2012 as the Sandy Hook massacre played on television while Marion passed away. In between, Marion filled 70,000 VHS tapes, capturing revolutions, wars, triumphs, catastrophes, bloopers, talk shows and commercials that show us how television shaped the world of today and provided an archive before historical records of the broadcasts could be edited and distorted.

A mystery in the form of a time capsule, Recorder delves into the strange life of a woman for whom home taping was a form of activism to protect the truth (the public didn’t know it, but the networks had been disposing their archives for decades into the trashcan of history) and though her all-encompassing vision and project nearly tore her family apart, her extraordinary legacy is as priceless as her story is remarkable. 

A selection of the Tribeca Film Festival. 2019, U.S., DCP, 87 minutes. Recommended for 12+.

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