Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project

1 Hr. 27 Min.

Screening Format: DCP
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Sponsored by: Ramona Rogers-Windsor and Thomas Windsor


For over 30 years, from the 1979 Iran hostage crisis to the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, Marion Stokes recorded television for 24 hours a day, commercials and all. By the time of her death, Stokes had amassed 70,000 VHS tapes, capturing not just world history, but who we were: what we watched, what we valued, and what we thought. The story of this remarkable archive—and the enigmatic woman behind it—provides a fascinating look into the media’s crafting of history, and our complicity in watching it.


"RECORDER is a haunting portrait of a brilliant, driven, difficult outsider." - Film Comment Magazine 


"Intriguing from first minute to last." - Hollywood Reporter


"As we get to know Marion Stokes, her motivation for doing what she did comes to seem more and more resonant and fascinating and less and less of a private compulsive geek-out." - Variety 



Community Partners: Riverwest Film & Video/Riverwest Radio, UWM Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres


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