THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE
An award winning film by Liz Marshall
Opens in Vancouver at Vancity Theatre, Vancouver International Film Centre
Screenings with Special Guests: August 2nd, 3rd, 7th, and 8th
This is a masterful film. It should be essential viewing for everyone.
– James Cromwell, Actor
A superb example of committed filmmaking.
4 STARS. – Susan G. Cole, NOW Magazine.
(Toronto – July 25, 2013) After a super successful world premiere at Hot Docs (including two sustained standing ovations, and voted a Top 10 Audience Favourite), followed by a Golden Sheaf Award at the 66thYorkton Film Festival, and a 4.5 week theatrical run in Toronto, Liz Marshall’s The Ghosts In Our Machine comes to the Vancity Theatre for 4 nights.
August 2 | 8:30PM: Q&A with Special Guest Lesley Fox, Executive Director for The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the commercial fur trade.
August 3 | 8:30PM: Q&A with Special Guests from LUSH Handmade Cosmetics, to speak about LUSH’s global campaign to end testing on animals.
August 7 | 8:30PM: Skype Q&A with Liz Marshall, Director of The Ghosts In Our Machine.
August 8 | 8:30PM: Q&A with Special Guest and Animal Ambassador Jennie Ridler from LUSH Handmade Cosmetics. Jennie will speak about LUSH’s global campaign to end testing on animals.
Marshall directs The Ghosts In Our Machine through the heart and lens of acclaimed animal photographer
Jo-Anne McArthur. This consciousness-raising documentary shines a cinematic light on the animals we don’t easily acknowledge. With dramatic impact the film gently reveals a stark reality hidden from our view: the “ghosts” are the animals caught within the machine of our modern world.
Over the course of a year, award-winning Director Liz Marshall follows McArthur as she photographs several animal stories in parts of Canada, the U.S. and in Europe. Each story is a window into global animal industries: Food, Fashion, Entertainment and Research. All part of an epic photo project We Animals(www.weanimals.org) now in its 15th year and shot all over the globe, McArthur has documented the lives of animals with heart-breaking empathic vividness and professionalism.
Even as the project was in development and being filmed, its credibility among progressives has made it a project to look out for (with kudos from the likes of Woody Harrelson, Bill Maher, James Cromwell and international animal and environmental advocates). Radiohead agreed to the use of their haunting songGive Up The Ghost for use in the film. Already an admired figure in eco-circles for her previous documentary, Water On The Table, Marshall broadened her focus to include animals as part of the equation: “There is a growing movement to care for the planet, including animals.” says Marshall.
The Ghosts In Our Machine also includes a visually stunning interactive flash story by award-winning Vancouver based artists The Goggles (Welcome to Pine Point; Adbusters). It is an online companion to the documentary: www.theghostsinourmachine.com.
The Ghosts In Our Machine is produced by Nina Beveridge (The Idealist -James Beveridge Film Guru; TheCalling) and Liz Marshall through their Toronto based company Ghosts Media Inc. It is produced in Association with documentary, Commissioning Editor is Bruce Cowley. Edited by Roland Schlimme and Roderick Deogrades, Cinematography by John Price, Iris Ng, Nick de Pencier, Liz Marshall. Original music score by Bob Wiseman. Sound team is Jason Milligan, Garrett Kerr and Daniel Pellerin. Executive Producer is Mila Aung-Thwin.