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Film Series : Stranger Than Fiction

Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project

2019, Matt Wolf, USA, 87 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jan 10th 4:00pm
  • Fri, Jan 10th 7:45pm
  • Sat, Jan 11th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Jan 14th 6:00pm

“Compelling…weirdly exhilarating.”—Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

“Remarkable…weird and often quite moving.”—Kate Erbland, Indiewire

In the course of roughly thirty years, Marion Stokes, a Philadelphia African American librarian, leftwing activist, and borderline hoarder, obsessively recorded more than 70,000 VHS tapes charting news events large and small, national and local, as seen on TV — from the Iran hostage crisis to Sandy Hook. This oddly compelling documentary pieces together the bizarre story of the creation of a vast and now historically priceless unfiltered archive of news events as they unfolded simultaneously on multiple channels of network television. Was she an obsessive crank or a brilliant visionary? Filmmaker Wolf delves into the life of a woman with a drive to ferret out truth in the public realm. Her second marriage to a wealthy like-minded man enabled her to pursue her passion day and night, even as it alienated families and turned them both into hermits. DCP digital. (BS)

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