The Ghosts In Our Machine

Chicago-Music Box Theatre-December 6-12

An Award-Winning Film by Liz Marshall

Chicago – Music Box Theatre –
December 6 – 12    |     3  Screens / Day
Saturday December 7th (theater #1 — 700 seats!) 
5:00, 7:20*, 9:45
* 7:20PM screening will have a moderated Q&A with Director and Protagonist with Special Guests.
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(CHICAGO) – Just off the heels of an extended run in New York City and Los Angeles THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE continues its awards-season run at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre, December 6-12.  Slowly but surely, blinders are being removed to reveal one of the most haunting moral dilemmas of our modern world, courtesy of one of the most important documentaries of the year, award-winning director Liz Marshall’s progressive, consciousness raising THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE, which was also voted a Top 10 Audience Favorite at Hot Docs earlier this year.

While the provocative film BLACKFISH made waves for exposing the consequences of keeping orcas in captivity, THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE examines the plight of many other animals rescued from and living within the machine of our modern world. Marshall directs THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE through the heart and lens of acclaimed animal photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, and over the course of a year, shines a cinematic light on a diverse cast of animal subjects from dogs to dairy cows in parts of the U.S., Canada and Europe, with each photograph and story serving as a window into global animal industries.

This visually arresting one-of-a-kind documentary shines a cinematic light on the animals we don’t easily acknowledge, the “ghosts” who are the animals trapped within the cogs of our voracious consumer world. McArthur’s epic photo project We Animals is comprised of thousands of photographs taken around the world, documenting animals with heart-breaking empathic vividness. THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE charts McArthur’s efforts to bring wider attention to a topic most of humankind strives hard to avoid.

The film has attracted the attention of progressives and celebrities alike, with kudos from Woody Harrelson, Bill Maher, James Cromwell, Bob Barker, and international animal and environmental advocates. Radiohead agreed to have their iconic song, “Give Up The Ghost,” in the film.

THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE includes an educational website with a stunning and innovative flash story by award-winning interactive artists The Goggles (Welcome to Pine Point; Adbusters).

Director Liz Marshall and Subject/Photographer Jo-Anne McArthur available for interviews in advance by phone/digital, and in person during first weekend of theatrical release


A Camera Aimed at the Conscience. “There’s a logic at work in the motivated, morality-jarring animal-rights documentary ‘The Ghosts in Our Machine’: If animals have emotions, and if we see that human actions cause them sadness, anger and fear, then we will become moved to help.” – David DeWitt, The New York Times

‘The Ghosts in Our Machine’ champions animal rights: “Finely wrought…Ghosts is urging us to rethink our relationship with the animal population – what they owe us, what we owe them.” – Betsy Sharkey, The Los Angeles Times

Animal Rights Doc The Ghosts In Our Machine Is Utterly Engrossing: “…a film whose sense of urgency and purpose is utterly engrossing.” – Ernest Hardy, The Village Voice/LA Weekly

“This is a masterful film. It should be essential viewing for everyone.” – James Cromwell, Actor 

About Liz Marshall:

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 labor; 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.

About Jo-Anne McArthur:

Award-winning photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur has been documenting the plight of animals on all seven continents for over ten years. Her documentary project, We Animals, is internationally celebrated and over 100 animal organizations, among them Igualdad Animal, Sea Shepherd and the Jane Goodall Institute, have benefited from her photography. Many organizations have also worked with her closely on campaigns and investigations. The first We Animals photo book is published by Lantern Books and is available on Recent awards and accolades include: Co-recipient (with Liz Marshall) of the 2013 Compassion for Animals Award in Toronto; the 2011 Canadian Empathy Award (art category); one of CBC’s Top 50 Champions of Change; Farm Sanctuary’s 2010 “Friend of Farm Animals” award; HuffPost WOMEN’s “Top 10 Women trying to change the world”; one of 20 activists featured in the book The Next Eco Warrior; and the “Shining World Compassion Award” by Supreme Master Ching Hai.



Ghosts Media Inc., Produced in association with Canada’s documentary channel

92 min. | Canada | DCP | Color | 5.1 Surround | Unrated | English

Directed by Liz Marshall

Produced by Nina Beveridge & Liz Marshall

Executive Producer: Mila Aung-Thwin

Commissioning Editor for Canada’s documentary channel: Bruce Cowley

Edited by Roland Schlimme and Roderick Deogrades

Cinematography by John Price, Iris Ng, Nick de Pencier, Liz Marshall

Composer: Bob Wiseman

Sound team: Jason Milligan, Garrett Kerr and Daniel Pellerin

Web and social media:

Official Film Site:

On Facebook:

On Twitter:

We Animals:

For Press Inquiries about THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE, and to schedule interviews
with Director Liz Marshall and Subject/Photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, contact:

Brian Geldin, BGPR, (917) 549-2953,,

Ingrid Hamilton, GAT, (416) 731-3034,,


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