(NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES/SAN FRANCISCO/BOSTON) – 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. Director Liz Marshall’s progressive, consciousness raising THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE is beginning an awards-season run in four major U.S. markets this fall – New York on Nov. 8 at Village East Cinema, followed by Los Angeles on Nov. 15 at Laemmle Music Hall, and will later expand to San Francisco and Boston with dates and theaters to be announced soon. This follows a super successful world premiere earlier this year at Hot Docs (voted a Top 10 Audience Favorite).
In much the same way FOOD INC. opened audiences’ eyes to the bleak realities of the food manufacturing industry, THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE piques our awareness to a dramatic reality that is largely hidden from our view; animals used for food, clothing, entertainment and biomedical research.
Award-winning filmmaker Marshall directs THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE through the heart and lens of acclaimed animal photographer Jo-Anne McArthur. Haunting and heart-warming, audiences experience a diverse cast of animal subjects rescued from and living within the machine of our modern world. Over the course of a year, Marshall shadows McArthur as she photographs several animal stories 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).
Acclaim for THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE:
This is a masterful film. It should be essential viewing for everyone. – James Cromwell, Actor
Marshall succeeds in creating a portrait of a driven activist that shies away from outright polemics to perhaps preach beyond the converted. - Basil Tsiokos, INDIE WIRE
Powerful…disturbing…beautifully shot. A superb example of committed filmmaking. 4 STARS. - Susan G. Cole, NOW Magazine
“The Ghosts in Our Machine” Is a Raw, Decidedly Quiet Look at the Animal Industry - Lex Berko, VICE – MOTHERBOARD
McArthur and Marshall do an extraordinary job of putting the emotions of non-human people on the screen. - David Flore, SOUND ON SIGHT