Photo courtesy of Jo-Anne McArthur
Liz Marshall is an auteur filmmaker who fuses cinematic storytelling with social and environmental justice issues. Since the late 90s she has created award winning and socially relevant projects which focus on a range of significant global issues including the right to water movement; animal sentience; censorship affecting writers and journalists; war-affected children; corporate-globalization; gender; sweatshop labour; refugees and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Additionally, Liz has created a body of arts-based shorts and documentaries with and about acclaimed musicians and dancer-choreographers.
WATER ON THE TABLE (2010) is an award winning and Gemini nominated theatrical and broadcast film featuring Maude Barlow’s crusade to have water declared a human right.
THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE (2013), is a cross-platform documentary that illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world. A film, an interactive online companion to the film, and a robust web and social medial presence: THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE shines a light on the moral question: Are non-human animals property to be owned and used, or are they sentient beings deserving of rights?
Marshall’s work has premiered for diverse audiences: Theatrically; international broadcast; international film festivals; the 2006 International AIDS Conference in Toronto; 150 world leaders at the 2001 Winnipeg Conference on War-Affected Children; PEN International; Canadian Journalists for Freedom of Expression; museums; Air Canada; grassroots groups around the world, and for the Tragically Hip and 200,000 of their fans.
In the early 90s Liz Marshall majored in film, video and photography in the Media Arts Program at Ryerson University. Her thesis project “Identity Portraits” explored the complexity of identity and revealed a talent for intimate character development and image making. Marshall went on to work in television, for non-governmental organizations and as an independent creator. She is well versed in the craft of visual, conceptual and social-issue storytelling having worked as a director, writer, producer videographer, cinematographer and photographer since 1994.
Liz Marshall spent her childhood summers playing and imagining on the salty sorrel beaches of British Columbia, her home away from home. She lives in Toronto with her partner and their rescued cats.