originally published February 4, 2014
Syndicado Inc. releases The Ghosts In Our Machine in the U.S.A. on cable VOD and Internet February 7 through Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox, RCN, iTunes,Amazon, Vubiquity, Xbox, vudu and Google Play.
Award-winning filmmaker Liz Marshall directs The Ghosts in Our Machine through the heart and lens of acclaimed animal photographer Jo-Anne McArthur. The film follows Jo-Anne over the course of a year as she documents several animal stories in parts of Canada, the U.S. and in Europe. Each story and photograph is a window into global animal industries: Food; Fashion; Entertainment and Biomedical Research. This visually arresting one-of-a-kind documentary shines a cinematic light on the animals we don’t easily acknowledge.
The Ghosts in Our Machine made it to the 2013 master list of 151 Oscar Qualifying Docs and recently played sold-out dates in New York and Los Angeles, following a super successful world premiere at Hot Docs 2013 (voted a Top 10 Audience Favorite).
“The Ghosts In Our Machine is an eye-opening and heart-warming portrait of the invisible animals in our society,” says Greg Rubidge, President of Syndicado. “We are looking forward to getting more eyeballs on this important film.”
What the critics say:
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, Indiewire
A superb example of committed filmmaking. (4 STARS) – Susan G. Cole, NOW Magazine
I can’t imagine anyone not feeling moved during Ghosts.
– David DeWitt, New York Times
Haunting beauty…Ghosts is urging us to rethink our relationship with the animal population — what they owe us, what we owe them.
– Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
A film whose sense of urgency and purpose is utterly engrossing.
– Ernest Hardy, Village Voice