THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE
A film by Liz Marshall
The Carlton Cinema in Toronto
Screenings Daily: 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM through June 13
Q&A with Liz Marshall, Jo-Anne McArthur and Special Guests: Friday, Saturday, Sunday nights.
Winnipeg Film Group, July 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 11 and 12 – Winnipeg
VanCity Theatre, August 2, 3, 16, 17 – Vancouver
“…masterful…” James Cromwell, Actor
“… eye-opening…” Jason Priestley, Actor, Director
“… moving…” Geoff Pevere, Globe and Mail
“…superb…” Susan G. Cole, NOW
“…affecting…” Jason Anderson, The Grid
“…compassionate…” Steve Gow, Metro
“…sensational…” Kiva Reardon, torontoist
“…extraordinary…” David Fiore, Sound On Sight
“…beautiful…” Andrew Parker, Dork Shelf
“…touching and loving…” Kirk Haviland, Examiner
“…remarkable…” Hans Engel, Directors Guild of Canada
(Toronto – June 4, 2013) After a super successful world premiere at Hot Docs – including two sustained standing ovations, and voted as one of the Top 10 Audience Favorites – and after a successful opening weekend, The Ghosts In Our Machine has been held-over for another week, screening through June 13th at the Carlton Cinema in Toronto.
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 (www.weanimals.org) 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, and through the lens of the film we experience the souls and stories of a cast of animal characters, shot over the course of a year.”
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.
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.
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: http://www.theghostsinourmachine.com/interactive
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.
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