The Ghosts In Our Machine

U.S. Oscar Qualifying Theatrical Campaign

GHOSTS MEDIA conducted an Oscar Qualifying Theatrical Release in four major U.S. markets between November – December 2013: New York; Los Angeles; Chicago, and Columbus! It was intense and fun. See photos from our red carpet premieres and more HERE

THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE made it to the master list of 151 OSCAR QUALIFYING DOCS, 2013. Our release sparked a great deal of interest. Read the reviews and interviews on our PRESS page

Thank you to our funders, partners, and team.  #ForTheGhosts.

Here are the details — read on:

Friday, December 6th – 12th
3 Screens / day

Friday December 6th (all shows theater 2)
5:00, 7:20*, 9:45
*Director Liz Marshall and Protagonist Jo-Anne McArthur for post-screening Q&A

Saturday December 7th (all shows in theater #1 — 700 seats!) 
5:00, 7:20*, 9:45
*Introduction of film by award-winning actor, and acclaimed activist James Cromwell.
Director Liz Marshall and Protagonist Jo-Anne McArthur in attendance for post-screening Q&A, moderated by Marla Rose. Marla Rose is a Journalist and Author, the Co-founder of Chicago VeganMania, a Co-recipient of the Mercy for Animals “Activists of the Year” award in 2009,  and Co-creator of

Sunday December 8th
2:00* (theater 2)
5:00, 7:20 (theater TBD)
*Director Liz Marshall and Protagonist Jo-Anne McArthur for post-screening Q&A

Friday, December 6 at 5:00 PM
Tuesday, December 10th at 6:00 PM
Thursday, December 12 at 4:00 PM

LOS ANGELES – Beverly Hills

6:20pm: Red carpet with very special guests
7:10pm: Introduction by The Cove’s Ric O’Barry
7:20pm: Screening
Post-screening Q&A moderated by Author and activist Karen Dawn, with Director Liz Marshall and Photographer, Protagonist Jo-Anne McArthur.

AFTER PARTY: Sage Organic Vegan Bistro – Culver City location.
10:00pm – 1:00am. Ticket Stub at Door, VIP
Join us after the film’s screening at Sage Vegan Bistro, LA’s first vegan pizza and beer garden. Sage is a cruelty-free plant based restaurant, recently named Culver’s Best New Vegan Restaurant by the Huffington Post. Sage will be serving up a variety of speciality cocktails and delicious vegan eats in honor of the film. You are welcome at the Sage party with either your opening night ticket stub, or your receipt for the Saturday or Sunday night screenings.

7:10pm: Introduction
7:20pm: Screening
Post-screening Q&A moderated by Author Dave Simon, with Director Liz Marshall and Photographer, Protagonist Jo-Anne McArthur.

7:10pm: Introduction
7:20pm: Screening
Post-screening Q&A moderated by Nathan Runkle, Executive Director and Founder of Mercy For Animals, with Director Liz Marshall and Photographer, Protagonist Jo-Anne McArthur.



6:45pm: Red carpet with very special guests
7:30pm: Introduction by Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart of Vaute Couture
and Joshua Katcher of The Discerning BruteBrave Gentleman
7:40pm: Screening
Post-screening Q&A moderated by Natasha Lennard of with Director Liz Marshall and Photographer, Protagonist Jo-Anne McArthur, and Susie Coston, National Shelter Director for Farm Sanctuary

AFTER PARTY: #AfterGhosts
DJs, Drinks & Doughnuts
At Moo Shoes 78 Orchard St, NYC
Complementary Artisanal “Blue Ghost” Donuts Provided by Dunwell Doughnuts.
Stellar Vegan Hors D’oevres by Jay Astafa Catering. Some of NYC’s most celebrated DJ talent will set the atmosphere.  Follow the tag #AfterGhosts on Instagram for photos from the evening.

7:30pm: Introduction by Journalist, Host and Author Jane Velez-Mitchell.
7:40pm: Screening
Post-screening Q&A moderated by Martin Rowe, Editor and Publisher at Large of Lantern Books, with Director Liz Marshall and Photographer, Protagonist Jo-Anne McArthur, and Susie Coston, National Shelter Director for Farm Sanctuary.

AFTER PARTY: Movie & Dinner Benefit for Farm Sanctuary at Candle 79 and Candle Cafe West
Make it a Saturday “movie and dinner”. Space is limited. Please reserve early at Candle 79 or Candle Cafe West for a delicious vegan meal before or after the film (last seating is at 10:15 pm). 10% of your dinner bill will be donated to Farm Sanctuary when you mention “The Ghosts in our Machine.” Saturday night screening times are 5:30pm, 7:40pm, 10:30pm. Head uptown after the 7:40pm screening and join Director Liz Marshall, Photographer, Protagonist Jo-Anne McArthur, and Susie Coston, National Shelter Director of Farm Sanctuary, for dinner, a “toast,” and a meet-and-greet at 10:15 p.m. at Candle 79, 154 E. 79th St.

7:30pm: Introduction by Victoria Moran, Founder of Main Street Vegan Academy, and Author.
7:40pm: Screening
Post-screening Q&A moderated by Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan of Our Hen House, with Director Liz Marshall and Photographer, Protagonist Jo-Anne McArthur.


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41 responses to “U.S. Oscar Qualifying Theatrical Campaign”

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  7. Vincelee Stevens says:

    Bring it to Dallas, TX …. We need all the help we can get around here!!

    • Kathleen says:

      Amen to that ! & the thousands of U.S wild horses cruely penned by the burau of land management ( BLM) For 5 years while they wait for horse slaughter plants to reopen to feed the Asians , could spare a thought too. :/

    • Mary Ann says:

      I agree Texas is very over looked as far as animal advocacy groups are concerned but there are a lot of us compassionate animal lovers that would gladly support such a profound film and movement

      • Linda says:

        I am one! Trophy Club, TX
        Vegan for 6 mo., and passionate about spreading the word.
        Maybe Texas Vegans need to start their own FB page.

    • screwdestiny says:

      I second (or third) this! Vegans in Texas definitely need help spreading the word.

  8. Thank you for making such an amazing film. I cannot think of any other film that is more deserving of an Oscar award. It is only through the education and understanding provided in films such as Ghosts In Our Machines that we can expect humans to final give our fellow animals the respect and care they have always deserved.

  9. Linda Bresser says:

    Please, please come to Atlanta. We need all the enlightenment regarding animal suffering that we can get down here in the South.

  10. Linda Wark says:

    Please come to Canada!

    • Nina says:

      Hi Linda, The film played theatrically in Canada this past summer/fall. You can catch our broadcast premiere on Canada’s documentary channel on Nov. 24th at 9pm.

  11. Karina says:

    Please please please please come to ft myers, FL!! We need this touching film here to provide more education to our community!

  12. Amy Mayers says:

    Will you be coming to Washington, DC?

  13. Jessica says:

    Where is the San Francisco screening? It’s mentioned up there but then there are no further details,

    • lizmars says:

      Hi Jessica! We are waiting to hear about San Francisco – we hope to have a 1-week theatrical run in December … Will post when we have firm dates lined up.
      Thanks, – Liz

  14. Kim says:

    This needs to be seen EVERYWHERE….by EVERYONE!!! People need to face this gruesome reality that is fueled by our need for more…Please share your incredible film with all !!!

  15. Judy says:

    Please come to Utah!!! MOst Utahns are very compassionate and I feel this would be a very popular movie that many would attend ans ask others to go to see. We need this please don’t forget about are little state.

  16. Judy says:

    I want some people to see this were can I go to let them see this?

  17. Rosa says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH helping people to better understand and see these GREAT LIVING BEINGS/SOULS!!! I would love to give you a big hug…but I can’t…YOU ARE AMAZING!!!THANK YOU!!!

  18. Cami says:

    Come to Seattle! The audience here is huge and the afterparty at Plum would be amazing.

  19. lizmars says:

    Hi Everyone! I want you all to know that we are working on a strategy for the film to be seen in as many U.S. cities as possible throughout 2014. Thanks for your patience as we sort out the logistics. Stay tuned for announcements.
    In the meantime, join our e-newsletter to keep your finger on our pulse:

    For The Ghosts

    Hugs to all,

    Liz Marshall

  20. Hi.
    We love you! I own the only all VEGAN restaurant and Vegan Bar in Athens, Georgia…please come here! My restaurant is quite large and you can do a screening here and we’ll get lots of people to come.
    Vanessa at Echo

  21. Judith Shipstad says:

    Please get back to me on any Bay Area/Silicon Valley/Santa Cruz screenings. Seriously–I don’t want to miss.

  22. Margo Blake says:

    Hi, please try to get it in Orlando, FL. Yes, home of the captured Tilikum and others. Try the Enzian Theater. They hosted Blackfish before CNN.
    1300 South Orlando Avenue Maitland, FL 32751 Info Line: (407) 629-0054 Theater Offices: (407) 629-1088

  23. Vanessa Buidens says:

    Please Please Please COME TO TAMPA FLORIDA!!

  24. Tana Johnson says:

    Please come to Florida!!!!

  25. lizmars says:

    Will announce Florida dates in late January! Thanks!

  26. Colleen says:

    Please come to San Francisco!

  27. D J says:

    Be sure to add MISSOURI to the list. This state has approved a HORSE SLAUGHTER plant. At present, the plant is NOT operating due to legal issues still in the courts.

    St Louis is an animal-friendly city that understands the power of the images of your documentary. No problem to get it on the screen.

  28. c.j. michaud says:

    Was there a write-in campaign to show the support behind this film to the academy? If not..Is it too late to have one?Whatever one thinks of the Oscars it does bring awareness to millions of people.

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