Tuesday, June 16, 2020  | 6:30-8:30pm CT pm

Indie Lens Pop-UpRecorder: The Marion Stokes Project Virtual Screening & Talkback

Truth Seeking in an Age of Misinformation and Oversaturation

Marion Stokes was dedicated to furthering and protecting the truth — so much so that she recorded American television 24 hours a day for over 30 years. In total, Marion recorded on 70,000 VHS tapes, capturing revolutions, lies, wars, triumphs, and catastrophes that tell us who we were and how television has shaped the world of today.

What might we learn from Marion Stokes? How do we further and protect the truth in the age of misinformation?

Come together on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm CST for a special Indie Lens Pop-Up online screening of Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project featuring a talkback with director Matt Wolf, producer Kyle Martin, film subject Michael Metelits, and Roger Macdonald, Television Archive Fellow at the Internet Archive.

This event is hosted by Indie Lens Pop-Up and Internet Archive, in collaboration with [insert your Org name if you do not see it listed below], Arkansas Peace & Justice Memorial Movement, Ashé Cultural Arts Center, Basin PBS, California Film Institute, Charitable Film Network, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Global Peace Film Festival, Kansas City Public Library, KIXE, KQED, National Conference for Community & Justice, Panhandle PBS, PBS Hawai‘i, Pickford Film Center, Presa House Gallery, Roanoke Public Libraries, Red River Theatres, RiverRun International Film Festival Films With Class, Tillotson Center, WCTE, WKAR Public Media, WSIU Public Broadcasting, and WXXI.

With support from ITVS, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS.

RSVP to watch Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project from the comfort and safety of your home.

Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project
Approximate Running Time: 90 mins

Marion Stokes secretly recorded American television 24 hours a day for 30 years, from 1975 until her death in 2012. Long before the era of “fake news,” the Philadelphia-based Communist and radical activist believed that a comprehensive archive of the media would one day be invaluable, protecting the truth by archiving everything that was said and shown on television. Her visionary and maddening project nearly tore her family apart, and her son reflects back on his fractured, fascinating relationship with his complicated and fabulously wealthy mother. Now her 70,000 VHS tapes are being digitized for future generations, giving us all an eye-opening glimpse into how television shaped, and continues to shape, our world.


Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations in over 90 cities across the US.

Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project premieres on Independent Lens Monday, Jun 15, tune in or stream on KLRN or your local PBS station. Streams on PBS Video: https://to.pbs.org/2ZdKyXL


Matt Wolf is a New York-based filmmaker. His critically acclaimed and award-winning films have played widely in festivals and have been distributed internationally in theaters and on television. Matt’s feature documentaries include Wild Combination about the cult cellist and disco producer Arthur Russell, and Teenage about early youth culture and the birth of teenagers. His latest film Recorder is about the activist Marion Stokes, who secretly recorded television 24 hours a day for 30 years. He is also the director of HBO’s It’s Me, Hilary and is the co-curator of film for the 2019 Whitney Biennial. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences.