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Film Info
  • Year: 2019
  • Film Format: DCP, Blu-ray and DVD
  • Origin: USA
  • Runtime: 87 mins
  • Color
  • Language: English

For over 30 years, Marion Stokes obsessively and privately recorded American television news twenty-four hours a day. A civil rights-era radical who became fabulously wealthy and reclusive later in life, her obsession started with the Iranian Hostage Crisis in 1979—at the dawn of the twenty-four hour news cycle. It ended on December 14, 2012 as the Sandy Hook massacre played on television while Marion passed away. In between, Marion filled 70,000 VHS tapes, capturing revolutions, wars, triumphs, catastrophes, bloopers, talk shows and commercials that show us how television shaped the world of today and in the process tell us who we were.

A mystery in the form of a time capsule, Recorder delves into the strange life of a woman for whom home taping was a form of activism to protect the truth (the public didn’t know it, but the networks had been disposing their archives for decades into the trashcan of history) and though her visionary and maddening project nearly tore her family apart, her extraordinary legacy is as priceless as her story is remarkable.

RECORDER is a Zeitgeist Films release in association with Kino Lorber. It will open in New York and Los Angeles this November with a nationwide release to follow. To book this film please contact Nancy Gerstman or Emily Russo.

Trailers (DCP and Quicktime), stills, a press kit and various size jpegs of the poster can be downloaded from our Dropbox.

Read "The Remarkable Story of a Woman Who Preserved Over 30 Years of TV History."

Matt Wolf

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.




Venue City State Date
Roxie Cinema San Francisco CA Jan 17-23 2020
Grail Movie House Asheville NC Jan 17-23 2020
Pickford Center Limelight Bellingham WA January 17-23, 2020
Northwest Film Forum Seattle WA January 31- Feb 6, 2020
Desert Fiilm Society Palm Springs CA February 1st 2020, One Night Only
Rose Theater Port Townsend WA Feb 1-2 ONLY!
Franklin Theatre Franklin TN Feb 1 - 5 only!
Cleveland Museum of Art Cleveland OH February 4 - 7, 2020
New School for Social Research New York NY February 10, 2020 Only!
Denver Film Society Denver CO Feb 14-20 One Week Only!
Music Hall Theatre Portsmouth NH Feb 14-20 One Week Only!
Harvard Film Archive Cambridge MA Feb 17 2020
Prescott Film Festival Prescott AZ February 25th, One Night Only!
DCTV New York NY March 2 only with filmmaker!
Austin Film Society Austin TX March 2 and 4 only!
Wellfleet Preservation Hall Wellfleet MA March 14th, One Night Only!