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The Marion Stokes Project










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The Film


Marion Stokes was secretly recording television twenty-four hours a day for thirty years. It started in 1979 with the Iranian Hostage Crisis at the dawn of the twenty-four hour news cycle. It ended on December 14, 2012 while the Sandy Hook massacre played on television as Marion passed away. In between, Marion recorded on 70,000 VHS tapes, capturing revolutions, lies, wars, triumphs, catastrophes, bloopers, talk shows, and commercials that tell us who we were, and show how television shaped the world of today.

Before “fake news” Marion was fighting to protect the truth by archiving everything that was said and shown on television. The public didn’t know it, but the networks were disposing their archives for decades into the trashcan of history. Remarkably Marion saved it, and now the Internet Archive will digitize her tapes and we’ll be able to search them online for free.

This is a mystery in the form of a time capsule. It’s about a radical Communist activist, who became a fabulously wealthy recluse archivist. Her work was crazy but it was also genius, and she would pay a profound price for dedicating her life to this visionary and maddening project. 



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The Filmmakers



Directed by  Matt Wolf

An End Cue &
Electric Chinoland Production
in association with C41 Media

Producers
Kyle Martin
Andrew Kortschak
Walter Kortschak

Executive Producers
Andrew Kortschak
Walter Kortschak

Edited by
Keiko Deguchi

Music by
Owen Pallett

Cinematographers
Chris Dapkins
Matt Mitchell
Director Bio

Matt Wolf is an award-winning filmmaker in New York whose feature documentaries include Wild Combination, about the avant-garde cellist and disco producer Arthur Russell and Teenage, about the birth of youth culture. His short films include I Remember, about the artist and poet Joe Brainard, Time Magazine’s The Face of AIDS about a controversial Benetton advertisement, and Bayard & Me, about the civil rights activist Bayard Rustin. He is also the director of HBO’s It’s Me, Hilary and has made online series for the New York Times and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He is a Guggenheim Fellow.

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www.mattwolf.info


Contact

Kyle Martin, Electric Chinoland
kyle@electricchinoland.com

Munik Lay, End Cue
munika@endcue.com

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