Athens International Film Festival

Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project

21/09/19, 18:30, IDEAL
22/09/19, 21:00, ODEON OPERA 2
27/09/19, 22:30, DANAOS 2



For 30 years straight, and on a 24-hour basis, Marion Stokes compulsively recorded TV shows. It started on an afternoon in 1979 and stopped on the day she died in December 2012. She left behind an incredible cultural archive comprised of 70 thousand video tapes along with the burning question: what was the reason behind this curious habit? Was it a form of insanity? A psychosis? Something more? The answers to one of the strangest human mysteries are found in this fascinating documentary. The first screening of the film (21/09) will be introduced by journalist Nikolas Leontopoulos 


USA | 2019 | COLOR | DCP | 87΄ | ENGLISH

Meet Marion Stokes. The mysterious woman who documented and archived in detail 35 uninterrupted  years of USA national TV shows, as well as some local channels, stopping the mysterious (and in some ways psychotic) hobby in her deathbed. This inconceivable record of coverage, though not one of a kind, is up to this day one of the most complete and meticulously archived.

Matt Wolf’s film follows two parallels. The first tries to decipher the personality of a hermetic, domineering and dedicated woman. The other tries to present through selected moments, the reality of American television, news that formed the map of a fiery country. In the end, we witness our deep emotional need to structure our existence around narratives, not to allow anything lost in oblivion, to pay our dues in search of lost time. I.D.

DIRECTOR: Matt Wolf
DoP: Chris Dapkins, Matt Mitchell
MUSIC: Owen Pallet 
EDITOR: Keiko Deguchi

MATT WOLF
37year-old director and documentarist from California. He studied at the University of New York. His work focuses on history, records, the lgbtq movement, music and artists, while it is regularly shown on TV (HBO) and international festivals.

FILMOGRAPHY
2019 Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project
2013 Teenage
2008 Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell


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        SONGS OF REPRESSION

        SONGS OF REPRESSION

        24/9/2020, 19:00, IDEAL
        3/10/2020, 19:45, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE

        TRANSFER

        TRANSFER

        25/9/2020, 22:00, DANAOS 1
        1/10/2020, 19:45, RIVIERA

        IN A WHISPER / A MEDIA VOZ

        IN A WHISPER / A MEDIA VOZ

        26/9/2020, 19:45, IDEAL
        27/9/2020, 19:45, RIVIERA

        THE REASON I JUMP

        THE REASON I JUMP

        27/9/2020, 19:00, ODEON OPERA 1
        29/9/2020, 19:45, RIVIERA

        THE FOUNDATION PIT / KOTLOVAN

        THE FOUNDATION PIT / KOTLOVAN

        27/9/2020, 22:30, STELLA
        29/9/2020, 19:45, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE

        SPACE DOGS

        SPACE DOGS

        28/9/2020, 18:30, DANAOS 1

        IF IT WERE LOVE / SI C'ÉTAIT DE L'AMOUR

        IF IT WERE LOVE / SI C'ÉTAIT DE L'AMOUR

        30/9/2020, 22:30, ODEON OPERA 1
        3/10/2020, 22:30, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE

        PETIT SAMEDI

        PETIT SAMEDI

        1/10/2020, 19;45, TRIANON