Indie Lens Pop-Up Presents: RECORDER

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June 16, 2020
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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 director Matt Wolf, producer Kyle Martin, film subject Michael Metelits, Internet Archive's Roger Macdonald and ITVS's Sherry Simpson.



Marion Stokes secretly recorded television twenty-four hours a day for thirty years. It started in 1979 with the dawn of the twenty-four hour news cycle and ended when Marion passed away in 2012. 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.


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 Films With Class, Tillotson Center, WCTE, WKAR Public Media, WSIU Public Broadcasting, and WXXI.

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

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Matt Wolf Welcome and Introduction

Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project

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. Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project peels back the curtain on her life, through a mix of Stokes’ archive of recordings and interviews with those who knew her best.


120 minutes


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    Matt Wolf


    Matt Wolf is an award-winning filmmaker in New York whose 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 new film SPACESHIP EARTH about the controversial Biosphere 2 experiment premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and is now streaming on Hulu and other digital platforms. Matt’s 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 was the co-curator of film for the 2019 Whitney Biennial. He is a Guggenheim Fellow.

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    Kyle Martin


    Kyle Martin is the founder of Electric Chinoland, a film label specializing in American independent cinema. His current productions include the PBS Independent Lens documentary OVER THE RAINBOW with director Jeff Peixoto, Sam Ellison's documentary CHECHE LAVI, and Dash Shaw’s feature-length animated film CRYPTOZOO. Kyle’s previous producing credits include Independent Spirit Award nominee DONALD CRIED, the GKids 2017 release MY ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL SINKING INTO THE SEA, Margaret Brown’s THE GREAT INVISIBLE, Lance Edmands’ BLUEBIRD, Matt Wolf’s TEENAGE, Lena Dunham’s TINY FURNITURE (Independent Spirit Award Winner 2011), and NY EXPORT: OPUS JAZZ (SXSW Audience Award winner 2010 / PBS, BBC 4). He is a recipient of the Sundance Institute’s Mark Silverman Producing Fellowship, the San Francisco Film Society’s Kenneth Rainin Foundation Fellowship, the IFP/Cannes Marche Du Film Producer’s Network Fellowship, the Sundance Institute/Rotterdam Cinemart Producing Fellowship, and was named one of Variety magazine’s “Ten Producers to Watch.”

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    Roger Macdonald


    Roger joined the Internet Archive to help create an open digital public library of TV news, providing a means to thoughtfully reflect upon the most pervasive and persuasive medium of our time. Certainly no coincidence that he had spent the previous eleven years helping to manage the nation's largest independent noncommercial TV network, Link TV. Prior to co-founding the network devoted to global news and culture in1999, Roger helped create and manage several other organizations engaged in addressing international challenges, often through media, including the Gorbachev Foundation. His favorite quote: Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity. -- Horace Mann, abolitionist; father of U.S. public education; and founder of Antioch College.

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    Michael Metelits


    Michael Metelits is Marion Stokes' son and featured prominently in 'Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project.' When Stokes passed away in 2012, Metelits inherited her archive. In the years since, Metelits worked tirelessly to find Stokes' collection a home at the Internet Archive.

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    Sherry Simpson


    Sherry Simpson is an Emmy and Sundance Award-winning filmmaker known for her creative approaches to international social innovation. Her first film AMANDLA! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony celebrates the role of freedom music in South Africa's liberation struggle. She has over 15+ years of experience bridging social action and the film and television arenas. As an Executive Director of the UN Association, she worked on the ground to create and promote the UN Sustainable development goals and consulted on many media campaigns for the United Nations Foundation, The UN Environmental Program, and The Bully Project to name a few. She is the former Dean of Inter-Cultural Affairs at Occidental College in Los Angeles and is currently serving as ITVS Senior Director of Engagement and Impact Innovation.

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