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THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE returns to Vancity Theatre

  • Fri, August 02, 2013
  • 8:30 PM
  • Thu, August 08, 2013
  • 10:30 PM
  • VIFF Vancity Theatre 1181 Seymour Street Vancouver, BC V6B 3M7

THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE returns to Vancouver!

Ghosts in Our Machine is a new documentary from filmmaker Liz Marshall that follows internationally renowned photographer Jo-Anne McArthur as she travels around the world documenting the lives of animals.

Afraid of ghosts? Don’t be. By not being overly graphic, but rather more artistic in its presentation of the facts the director gives us a lens with which to see these animals as part of our own tribe, as sentient beings, and families in need of our protection. Thankfully there is a balance between scenes of darkness and light, with much needed visits to a farm sanctuary, a beagle rescue, and a hugely compelling lesson in forgiveness from a wise old chimpanzee. By blending the haunting beauty of Jo-Anne McArthurs’s photographs with a soundtrack by Toronto musician (and vegan), Bob Wiseman, Liz Marshall has created something truly compelling and visually satisfying. The viewer comes away deeply moved, inspired, and above all, committed to doing something about this worldwide tragedy.

Rated: PG.  

There will be a Q & A session on Friday, August 2nd after the showing.

BUY TICKETS: Vancouver, August 2 & 3, 7 & 8

Aug 02 08:30 pm
Aug 03 08:30 pm
Aug 07 08:30 pm
Aug 08 08:30 pm
VIFF Vancity Theatre 1181 Seymour Street Vancouver, BC

This documentary screening is sponsored by Fur-Bearer's Association, Friends of Animals, Liberation BC, Earthsave Canada and Nice Shoes.

Earthsave highly recomends this documentary and will be in attendance with our new updated 2013 Veg Directory on hand.

With the exception of our companion animals and a few wild and stray species within our urban environments, we experience animals daily only as the food, clothing, animal tested goods and entertainment we make of them. This moral dilemma is often hidden from our view …


Through the heart and photographic lens of acclaimed animal photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, 
we become intimately familiar with a cast of non-human animals. The film follows Jo-Anne over the course of a year 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.

The connection that I have to animals while I’m photographing them is one of empathy. There is a huge mistreatment and inequality between human and non-human animals, and that’s always in the forefront of my mind. – Jo-Anne McArthur

THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world. The moral question is posed: Are non-human animals property to be owned and used, or are they sentient beings deserving of rights?


Welcome to Pine Point by The Goggles “an understated work of stupefying grace…quietly breaking hearts around the world…” - The Globe and Mail

The Ghosts In Our Machine – Interactive is a cinematic online companion to The Ghosts In Our Machine – Documentary, a film by Liz Marshall. A full-screen click-through narrative experience follows protagonist Jo-Anne McArthur through the pages of her photo-journal that she is busily compiling throughout the film.

The animals I’ve met are never far from my mind. I’m finally getting these thousands of stories down on paper.
- Jo-Anne McArthur

“Our goal was to create something that was reflective and respectful of the film’s profundity, but had its own breadth and depth, an experience that paralleled the story being told, and the passion and challenges of its main human subject, photographer Jo-Anne McArthur. The question of how to best lead an audience through the online experience was answered after we read some of Jo’s journal writing. It was insightful, passionate, human and the voice of a fascinating guide. To her voice, we layered select pieces of the film, and also content that the audience could meaningfully explore at their own pace with details, photographs, writing, captions and footnotes. We hope you enjoy the results of our collaboration.” – The Goggles, Interactive Directors

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