The Ghosts In Our Machine

Ottawa Premiere 3 Nights Only

IndieCan presents
The Ghosts In Our Machine
A film by Liz Marshall
Opens in Ottawa | September 23rd

Bytowne Cinema – get tickets 

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

(Toronto – September 4th, 2013) The Ghosts In Our Machine has been screening in theatres and festivals across Canada garnering much attention. It is a one-of-a-kind, visually arresting documentary that focuses on a complex yet increasingly popular subject: our human relationship to non-human animals.

Sept 23rd, 6:45pm: Q&A with Director Liz Marshall and Photographer, Protagonist Jo-Anne McArthur, moderated by Lorena Elke, Research Consultant to The Ghosts In Our Machine. 

Sept 24th, 6:45pm: Q&A with Director Liz Marshall and Photographer, Protagonist Jo-Anne McArthur, moderated by Lorraine Gilbert, Artist and Associate Professor, Department of Visual Arts, University of Ottawa. 

Sept 25th, 8:50pm: Q&A with Photographer, Protagonist Jo-Anne McArthur, moderated by Barb Cartwright, CEO of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS). 

After a super successful world premiere this past spring at Hot Docs (including two sustained standing ovations, and being voted a Top 10 Audience Favorite), and winning a Yorkton Golden Sheaf Award for Best Nature/Environmental Documentary, followed by a rare three-week theatrical run in Toronto,
IndieCan is proud to present the Ottawa premiere of Liz Marshall’s The Ghosts In Our Machine,
starting its run on September 23rd at the ByTowne Cinema.

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 called
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.

The credibility of The Ghosts In Our Machine 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”, says Marshall.

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, Mila Aung-Thwin.


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

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