Indie Lens Pop-Up Presents: RECORDER: THE MARION STOKES PROJECT

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Indie Lens Pop-Up Presents: RECORDER: THE MARION STOKES PROJECT

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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?

Join us for a special Indie Lens Pop-Up interactive live chat and online screening of Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project, featuring a live stream Q&A with special guests:

  • Matt Wolf, Director, Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project
  • Kyle Martin, Producer, Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project
  • Michael Metelits, Film Subject, Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project
  • Roger Macdonald, Television Archive Fellow, Internet Archive
  • Sherry Simpson, Senior Director, Engagement and Impact Innovation, ITVS (moderator)

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Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project by Matt Wolf

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 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. 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.

Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project will air on PBS's Independent Lens on June 15 at 10/9c. Check local listings.

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This event is hosted by Indie Lens Pop-Up and Internet Archive, in collaboration with 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's Films With Class, Tillotson Center, WCTE, WKAR, WSIU Public Broadcasting, and WXXI.

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

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Note for those joining from outside the U.S.: To ensure each show does not exceed its granted rights for streaming PBS content, PBS.org is subject to geo-filtering, which unfortunately eliminates international streaming ability for some PBS shows outside the U.S., including Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project. If you are joining from outside the U.S., please join us for the Q&A at 9pm ET.

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