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Liz Marshall is a Gemini-nominated, 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 labour; 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.
Marshall’s most current work is the following:
THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE (2013), 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 media 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?
WATER ON THE TABLE (2010) an award winning and Gemini nominated theatrical and broadcast documentary featuring best selling author, activist and public figure, Maude Barlow, and her crusade to have water declared a human right, and protected from privatization.
Marshall’s work has premiered for diverse international 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.
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.
Awards and Nominations: 2013: Top 20 Audience Favourite, IDFA; Mostra Animal Oscow Homage; Best Canadian Feature, Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival; Special Jury Award, DMZ Docs; Top Ten Audience Favourite, Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival; Winner Golden Sheaf Award for Best Nature/Environment Documentary; Nominee Golden Sheaf Award for Best Documentary Director. Co-recipient of the 3rd Annual Lisa Grill Compassion for Animals Award, Toronto Vegetarian Association. 2012: Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. 2010: Nominee for the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social Political Documentary at the Gemini Awards; Winner of the Best Canadian Feature Film Award at the 11th Annual Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival. 2010 Featured Canadian Film for Cinema Politica; 2011 Honourable Mention Canada’s Environmental Media Association Awards (EMA’s). Gold – Cable in the Classroom; Gold – Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB); Bronze – New York International Film Festival. short-listed for the 2005 Deborah Fletcher Award (CIDA); it won Gold for the 2005 Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB), and Bronze for the 2005 New York International Film Festival.