Marion Stokes decided to record all the news flooding from her television during the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979-1980. In the process, she created 70,000 VHS tapes and one remarkable and insighful record of our times and America’s information environment.
Get the scoop this weekend when the Detroit Film Theatre at the DIA screens Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project. The documentary will be presented Friday through Sunday, Dec. 20-22, at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Details from the DFT @ DIA:
Marion Stokes was a Philadelphia librarian and civil rights activist whose life took an unexpected turn in 1979. The Iran Hostage Crisis began that year, and as nightly coverage of the event – such as ABC’s Nightline – captured the nation’s attention, Marion began videotaping.
She taped all the news she could find, and before long, as cable brought the dawn of the twenty-four-hour news cycle, Marion connected VCRs to multiple TVs in her home, recording everything, day and night. Every day, capturing wars, talk shows and commercials – 70,000 VHS tapes over three decades – that give witness to the ways in which television shaped our world. Recorder is a mesmerizing study of an obsessed archivist who believed taping was activism – an unassailable record of the truth. (87 min.)
“One outstanding offering in this year’s Tribeca Film Festival is Recorder, which reveals the secret greatness of a reclusive activist.” –Richard Brody, The New Yorker
7:00 P.M. FRI, DEC 20 | 4:30 & 7:00 P.M. SAT, DEC 21 | 2:00 & 4:30 P.M. SUN, DEC 22, 2019
(USA/2019—directed by Matt Wolf)