“It is a true honor and joy to support THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE. This project is both life changing and lifesaving. Through the rich power of storytelling, Liz Marshall captivates viewers and takes them on a journey into our often unseen war against non-human animals. With potent, artistic imagery, we see the best and worst humanity has to offer: kindness and cruelty. Compelling and emotional, THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE gives viewers the opportunity to see animals, who are victims of human greed and exploitation, as the unique individuals they truly are. This film is sure to spark a crucial international discussion about our treatment of, and obligation to, other animals.”
Nathan Runkle is the founder and executive director of Mercy For Animals. Raised on a farm in rural Ohio, Nathan has long had a deep connection with farmed animals. After a local farmed animal abuse case involving a piglet slammed headfirst into a concrete floor during an agriculture project at a nearby high school, Nathan founded Mercy For Animals to give “food” animals a much-needed advocate in his local community.
Since founding MFA over a decade ago, Nathan has overseen the organization’s growth into a leading national force in the prevention of cruelty to farmed animals and promotion of compassionate food choices and policies.
Through his work with MFA, Nathan has been an outspoken advocate for animal rights, featured in hundreds of newspaper, television, and radio interviews, including on ABC’s World News Tonight, Nightline, 20/20, CNN, and National Public Radio, and in USA Today, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune.
Nathan works closely with MFA’s diverse group of members, supporters, and employees to oversee, develop, and fulfill objectives within the organization’s four areas of focus: education, legal advocacy, corporate outreach, and undercover investigations.
Nathan has worked alongside elected officials, corporate executives, heads of international organizations, professors, farmers, celebrities, and film producers to pass landmark farmed animal protection legislation, raise public awareness about vegetarianism, and implement animal welfare policy changes.