Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project


Monday, February 17, 2020, 7:00pm


Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
MarionStokesMarion Stokes was a Philadelphia librarian, public access television producer, political activist and mother who amassed a 70,000-tape VHS archive by obsessively recording up to four news network feeds twenty-four hours a day from 1979 to 2012, unbeknownst to anyone except the few family and staff she allowed into her home. Director Matt Wolf’s engaging documentary tells two stories: one, the life story of a remarkably prescient and stubbornly individualistic radical librarian who refused to fit neatly into the role of wife or mother, and a second that traces the emergence and arguably disastrous effects of the twenty-four-hour American news cycle that she secretly recorded. Wolf will be present during screening. Tickets required. For ticket and additional information, click here.