How well can you get to know someone from what they leave behind?

That is the question at the heart of this project. Inspired by a cassette tape diary from the 1970s, The UNWOUND Archive is a cross-platform, multimedia project that will consider the different ways that our memory can be interpreted and come to influence people we’ve never met—even decades later.

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In the summer of 2011, filmmaker Michael Marabella stumbled upon an unlabeled cassette tape containing the collected thoughts and musings of a young woman who referred to herself only as “K.R.,” recorded in 1976.

Michael’s experiences with the tape, and sharing it with others, inspired him to create a film that would explore the way a voice from years in the past can echo in the present.