‘Recorder’ Trailer: Meet the News Junkie Who Taped Twenty-Four Hours of TV a Day for Thirty Years

‘Recorder’ Trailer: Meet the News Junkie Who Taped Twenty-Four Hours of TV a Day for Thirty Years
In the early days of network television’s slide into wall-to-wall news coverage, Marion Stokes started a project with the flick of a button. It would consume the rest of her life and result in the creation of tens of thousands of video tapes, all of which were filled with hours upon hours of wide-ranging television footage, most of it focused on the behemoth that is news-based entertainment. A rabble-rouser, activist, and major intellect, Stokes had long been interested in the way media shaped public perception, and as the influence of televised media grew, she became obsessed with capturing as much footage as she could, all the better to see the world changing through a TV tube.

Matt Wolf’s remarkable new documentary “Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project” uses Stokes’ recording obsession as a way to explore both Stokes herself and the world she literally committed to video tape. The results are fascinating,
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