The Ghosts In Our Machine – US Theatrical



An Award-Winning Film by Liz Marshall


New York at Village East Cinema, Nov. 8-14

Los Angeles at Laemmle Music Hall, Nov. 15-21

Expanding to San Francisco and Boston and other cities.


(NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES/SAN FRANCISCO/BOSTON) – Slowly but surely , blinders are being removed to reveal one of the most astonishing moral dilemmas of our modern world, courtesy of one of the most important documentaries of our time. Director Liz Marshall’s progressive, consciousness raising THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE is beginning an awards-season run in four major U.S. markets –New York on Nov. 8 at Village East Cinema, followed by Los Angeles on Nov. 15 at Laemmle Music Hall, and will later expand this fall to San Francisco and Boston with dates and theaters to be announced soon. This follows a super successful world premiere earlier this year at Hot Docs (voted a Top 10 Audience Favorite).

In much the same way FOOD INC. opened audiences’ eyes to the bleak habits of the food manufacturing industry, THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE piques our awareness to a dramatic reality that is largely hidden from our view; animals used for food, clothing, entertainment and biomedical research.

Award winning filmmaker Marshall directs THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE through the heart and lens of acclaimed animal photographer
Jo-Anne McArthur. This visually arresting one-of-a-kind documentary shines a cinematic light on the animals we don’t easily acknowledge, the “ghosts” are the animals trapped within the cogs of our voracious consumer driven world. Haunting and heart-warming the audience encounters a cast of animal subjects rescued from and living within the machine of our modern world. Over the course of a year, Marshall shadows McArthur as she photographs several animal stories in parts of the U.S., Canada and Europe. Each photograph and story is a window into global animal industries, all part of McArthur’s epic photo project, We Animals, now in its 15th year and shot all over the globe, she has photographed the lives of animals with heart-breaking empathic vividness. THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE charts McArthur’s efforts to bring wider attention to a topic most of humankind strives hard to avoid.

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 Woody Harrelson, Bill Maher, James Cromwell, Bob Barker, and international animal and environmental advocates). Radiohead agreed to have their haunting song, “Give Up The Ghost,” in the film.

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:


This is a masterful film. It should be essential viewing for everyone.  – James Cromwell, Actor

Marshall succeeds in creating a portrait of a driven activist that shies away from outright polemics to perhaps preach beyond the converted.  – Basil Tsiokos, INDIE WIRE

A superb example of committed filmmaking.  4  STARS. – Susan G. Cole, NOW Magazine

The Ghosts in Our Machine” Is a Raw, Decidedly Quiet Look at the Animal Industry  – Lex Berko, VICE – MOTHERBOARD

McArthur and Marshall do an extraordinary job of putting the emotions of non-human people on the screen. 

– David Flore, SOUND ON SIGHT

About Liz Marshall:

Liz Marshall is an award-winning auteur filmmaker who fuses character-driven cinematic storytelling with social and environmental justice issues. Since the 90s she has created a body of documentary projects shot all over the world which focus on a range of subjects including: animal use and animal sentience; the right to water movement; HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa; sweatshop labor; corporate-globalization; gender; censorship affecting writers and journalists, war-affected children; music icons and the written and spoken word. Liz is well versed in the craft of conceptual point-of-view storytelling as a means of exploring complex issues.

About Jo-Anne McArthur:

Award-winning photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur has been documenting the plight of animals on all seven continents for over ten years. Her documentary project, We Animals, is internationally celebrated and over 100 animal organizations, among them Igualdad Animal, Sea Shepherd and the Jane Goodall Institute, have benefited from her photography. Many organizations have also worked with her closely on campaigns and investigations. The first We Animals photo book is being published by Lantern Books in late Fall 2013. Recent awards and accolades for Jo-Anne’s work include the 2011 Canadian Empathy Award (art category); one of CBC’s Top 50 Champions of Change; Farm Sanctuary’s 2010 “Friend of Farm Animals” award; HuffPost WOMEN’s “Top 10 Women trying to change the world”; one of 20 activists featured in the book The Next Eco Warrior; and the “Shining World Compassion Award” by Supreme Master Ching Hai.




Ghosts Media Inc., Produced in Association with documentary

92 min. | Canada | DCP | Color | 5.1 Surround | Unrated | English

Directed by Liz Marshall

Produced by Nina Beveridge & Liz Marshall

Executive Producer: Mila Aung-Thwin

Commissioning Editor for documentary: Bruce Cowley

Edited by Roland Schlimme and Roderick Deogrades

Cinematography by John Price, Iris Ng, Nick de Pencier, Liz Marshall.

Composer: Bob Wiseman.

Sound team: Jason Milligan, Garrett Kerr and Daniel Pellerin.


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