The Ghosts In Our Machine



Photo courtesy of Jo-Anne McArthur

Director and producer Liz Marshall is an auteur filmmaker who fuses character-driven cinematic storytelling with social and environmental justice issues. Since the 90s she has created a body of award-winning documentaries shot around the world which illuminate a range of significant subjects, including: animal rights; the right to water movement; HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa; sweatshop labour; corporate-globalization; the rights of girls and women; censorship affecting writers and journalists, and war-affected children.

Marshall has a specialized interest in audience engagement and grassroots distribution, to further the impact of her films in today’s new world of distribution.

Liz’s feature length work is the following:

THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE (2013) a cross-platform theatrical, grassroots, and broadcast documentary that illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world. Through the heart and lens of animal rights photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur, audiences become intimately familiar with a cast of non-human animals. A film, an interactive online companion to the film, and a robust web and social media presence.

WATER ON THE TABLE (2010) a theatrical, grassroots, and broadcast documentary featuring best selling author, activist and public figure Maude Barlow, and her crusade to have water declared a human right, protected from privatization.

Director’s Statement
LizMars Productions Website

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.


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