Points North Institute and the Camden Opera House will kick off the 2020 CIFF Selects series Wednesday, January 22, at 7 p.m. with a screening of award-winning documentary “Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project.” The film premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and has screened at numerous festivals and art museums across the world.

“Recorder” is a film about Marion Stokes, who for over 30 years obsessively and privately recorded American television news 24 hours a day. A civil rights–era radical who became fabulously wealthy and reclusive later in life, Stokes became obsessed starting with the Iranian Hostage Crisis in 1979 — at the dawn of the 24-hour news cycle. On December 14, 2012, the Sandy Hook massacre played on television while Stokes passed away. In between, Stokes filled 70,000 VHS tapes, capturing revolutions, wars, triumphs, catastrophes, bloopers, talk shows and commercials that show us how television shaped the world of today and, in the process, tell us who we were.

A mystery in the form of a time capsule, “Recorder” delves into the strange life of a woman for whom home taping was a form of activism to protect the truth. (The public didn’t know it, but the networks had been disposing of their archives for decades into the trashcan of history.)

The film has been called “weirdly exhilarating” by The New York Times, “outstanding” by the New Yorker, and “intriguing from first minute to last” by the Hollywood Reporter.

Additional CIFF Selects titles will be announced shortly. Upcoming screening dates include March 25, April 22, May 27, June 24, July 22, August 26, September 23, and October 28. Q&As with filmmakers, either in person or via Skype, will follow select screenings.

Tickets are $10 for adults and can be purchased on the day of show at the Camden Opera House box office, or in advance online at pointsnorthinstitute.org. All screenings are free for students under the age of 18, or who present a valid college ID.