Indie Lens Pop-Up Screening: "Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project"

2408 S. Jackson St.
Amarillo, TX 79109

(806) 371-5224

  • Presented By: Panhandle PBS
  • Dates: June 9, 2020
  • Location: Panhandle PBS studios
  • Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Price: Free
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  • Panhandle PBS and "Independent Lens" will host a new season of Indie Lens Pop-Up, the neighborhood screening series that brings people together for community-driven conversations around documentaries from the award-winning PBS series "Independent Lens" on Panhandle PBS.

    The screenings are free, and each will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Amarillo-area experts, community leaders and more.

    A mystery wrapped inside a time capsule, "Recorder" tells the story of Marion Stokes, a radical Communist activist who later became a wealthy reclusive archivist. For 30 years, she secretly recorded TV 24 hours a day, starting in 1979 with the Iranian hostage crisis and ending on December 14, 2012, when she passed away while news of the Sandy Hook massacre played on television. In between, Marion recorded 70,000 VHS tapes, capturing revolutions, catastrophes, bloopers, talk shows and commercials that tell us who we were and how television shaped the world of today. Before “fake news,” Marion was fighting to protect the truth by archiving everything she possibly could.

    A panel discussion about how the news media has changed over the past 30 years will follow, featuring Stevi Breshears (former AC Ranger editor), Walt Howard (KFDA Newschannel 10 anchor/managing editor), Jackie Kingston (KAMR Local 4 News anchor/executive producer), Paul Matney (retired educator/broadcaster).

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