The Ghosts In Our Machine

Ghosts Returns to the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

Photo: Gorilla in captivity. We Animals / The Ghosts In Our Machine

The Ghosts In Our Machine
An award winning film by Liz Marshall

Opens in Toronto
at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
Screenings with special guests and discussions
July 2, 3, 4

This is a masterful film.  It should be essential viewing for everyone. Jo-Anne McArthur is an extremely engaging subject.  And I was particularly blown away by her photographs which are so poignant and evocative, they’re almost a character unto themselves …   – James Cromwell, Actor

(Toronto – June 18, 2013) After a super successful world premiere at Hot Docs (including two sustained standing ovations, and voted one of the Top 10 Audience Favorites), followed by a Golden Sheaf Award at the 66th Yorkton Film Festival, and an unprecedented three-week theatrical run in Toronto, Liz Marshall’s The Ghosts In Our Machine returns to the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema for a 3-day engagement, featuring special guests, discussions and Q+A, each night.

July 2 | 6:30PM: The Power of the Image – A Focus on protagonist Jo-Anne McArthur’s Photography.
Moderated by Marc Glassman (Director, This Is Not A Reading Series (TINARS),& Pages beyond Bricks and Mortar Editor, POV Magazine & Montage Magazine Film Critic, Classical 96.3 FM). Filmmaker Liz Marshall and protagonist Jo-Anne McArthur will be in attendance for a Q&A following the film.

July 3 | 9:00PM: Animal Sentience and Animal Law.
Dr. Kerry Bowman, Bioethicist, Conservationist, and President of the Canadian Ape Alliance, will introduce the film. A thoughtful discussion will follow the film with special guest Nick Wright, Executive Director of Animal Justice Canada. Filmmaker Liz Marshall and protagonist Jo-Anne McArthur will be in attendance.

July 4 | 3:30PM: A Q&A following the film with very special guest Barbara Cartwright, CEO of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS). Ms. Cartwright has more than 18 years of experience as a professional advocate for animal welfare, conservation, and humane education. Her work has spanned over Africa, Australia, North America and Europe. She will join Filmmaker Liz Marshall and protagonist Jo-Anne McArthur for a thoughtful discussion following the film.

Marshall directs The Ghosts In Our Machine through the heart and lens of acclaimed animal photographer Jo-Anne McArthur. This consciousness-raising documentary shines a cinematic light on the animals we don’t easily acknowledge. With dramatic impact the film gently reveals a stark reality hidden from our view: the “ghosts” are commodities within the machine of our modern world.

Over the course of a year, award-winning Director Marshall follows McArthur as she photographs several animal stories in parts of Canada, the U.S. and in Europe. Each story is a window into global animal industries: Food, Fashion, Entertainment and Research. All part of an epic photo project We Animals ( now in its 15th year and shot all over the globe, McArthur has documented the lives of animals with heart-breaking empathic vividness and professionalism.

“Jo-Anne is a sympathetic entry-point into this complex subject matter”, says Marshall. “Through her lens we experience animals as individuals; their plight and their sentience.”

Even as the project was in development and being filmed, its credibility among progressives has made it a project to look out for (with kudos from the likes of Woody Harrelson, Bill Maher, James Cromwell and international animal and environmental advocates). Radiohead agreed to the use of their haunting song Give Up The Ghost for use in the film. 
Already an admired figure in eco-circles for her previous documentary, Water On The Table, Marshall broadened her focus to include animals as part of the equation: “There is a growing movement to care for the planet, including animals.”

The Ghosts In Our Machine also includes a visually stunning interactive flash story by award-winning artists The Goggles (Welcome to Pine Point; Adbusters). It is an online companion to the documentary:

The Ghosts In Our Machine is produced by Nina Beveridge (The Idealist -James Beveridge Film Guru; The Calling) and Liz Marshall through their Toronto based company Ghosts Media Inc. It is produced in Association with documentary, Commissioning Editor is Bruce Cowley. Edited by Roland Schlimme and Roderick Deogrades, Cinematography by John Price, Iris Ng, Nick de Pencier, Liz Marshall. Original music score by Bob Wiseman. Sound team is Jason Milligan, Garrett Kerr and Daniel Pellerin.  Executive Producer is Mila Aung-Thwin.


For more information, set up interviews, request a screener for review purposes, get GAT:

Ingrid Hamilton | | 416-731-3034

Daniela Ponce | | 647-239-3034

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