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Films with the Schomburg: RECORDER: The Marion Stokes Project
April 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Screening of RECORDER: The Marion Stokes Project and talk back with Shola Lynch, Michael Gillespie, Joe Skinner, and Dr. Misa Dayson.
Join the Schomburg Center and THIRTEEN for a virtual screening of the documentary Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project by Matt Wolfe. A fiercely intelligent, activist who became a wealthy recluse in her later years, 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.
Following the screening, we will have a conversation focusing on creating media archives, media literacy, and what we can learn from Stokes and how we view the news today. Joining the conversation is Shola Lynch, Curator of the Moving Image & Recorded Sound; Michael Gillespie, Associate Professor of Film in the Department of Media and Communication Arts and the Black Studies Program at CCNY; Joe Skinner, Multimedia Producer, American Masters, THIRTEEN; and Dr. Misa Dayson (moderator), writer, filmmaker, educator, and cultural anthropologist.
ABOUT THE FILM
A fiercely intelligent, radical activist who became a fabulously wealthy recluse in her later years, 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. Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project peels back the curtain on her life, through a mix of Stokes’ own archive of recordings and interviews with those who knew her best.
Long before the term “fake news” entered the national conversation, the Philadelphia-based Stokes recognized the shifting nature of the media and the importance of protecting the truth. Working in television in the late 1960s, she believed in the power of the medium to inform or misinform the public. Stokes determined that a comprehensive archive of national media would one day be invaluable, and began recording television broadcasts in 1979, starting with news broadcasts of the Iranian hostage crisis at the dawn of the twenty-four-hour news cycle, and continuing until her death in 2012.
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. (Source: https://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/recorder-the-marion-stokes-project/)
This program will be streamed on OVEE. You must register with your email address in order to receive the link to participate. Please check your email shortly before the discussion to receive the link. Captions for this event will be provided.