The critically acclaimed, powerful documentary film, The Ghosts in Our Machine, premieres this week in New York City. The Ghosts in Our Machine is a film by Liz Marshall, featuring photographer Jo-Anne McArthur. The film explores our relationship with animals. From their website, “With the exception of our companion animals and a few wild and stray species within our urban environments, we experience animals daily as the food, clothing, animal tested goods and entertainment we make of them.
Here’s what people are saying about the film:
Striking at the Roots: (Mark Hawthorne) ”What makes the film especially compelling, I think, is that it covers so many issues related to animal exploitation and does so without hitting viewers over the head, often letting the animals speak for themselves.”
Mercy For Animals Blog: Exquisite Filmmaking, Haunting Subject: There’s no question about it–”The Ghosts In Our Machine” is one of the most arresting documentaries we’ve seen in years. (Ari Solomon. 08.13.13)
Photographer Jo-Anne McAuthur, “I wouldn’t say that I take photographs of animals. I would say that I photograph the predicaments that animals are in because of humans. I photograph them so that other people can experience that. It’s a way of bearing witness. I bear witness to the sad stories but I also bear witness to the happy stories…”
Tweet, Instagram, social media it up using the hashtag #ForTheGhosts to get involved and get the buzz going for this amazing film and for those who have no voice.
There are many opportunities to see the film this week in New York City, then in Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. There’s a lot going on before and after the evening screenings in NYC on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Check out the line up and events below. For tickets, go to The Ghosts in Our Machine.
OPENING NIGHT: FRIDAY NOVEMBER 8TH
6:45pm: Red carpet with very special guests
7:30pm: Introduction by Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart of Vaute Couture
and Joshua Katcher of The Discerning Brute, Brave Gentleman
Post-screening Q&A moderated by Natasha Lennard of Salon.com with Director Liz Marshall and Photographer, Protagonist Jo-Anne McArthur, and Susie Coston, National Shelter Director for Farm Sanctuary
AFTER PARTY: #AfterGhosts
DJs, Drinks & Doughnuts
At Moo Shoes 78 Orchard St, NYC
Complementary Artisanal “Blue Ghost” Donuts Provided by Dunwell Doughnuts.
Stellar Vegan Hors D’oevres by Jay Astafa Catering. Some of NYC’s most celebrated DJ talent will set the atmosphere. Follow the tag #AfterGhosts on Instagram for photos from the evening.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 9TH
7:30pm: Introduction by Journalist, Host and Author Jane Velez-Mitchell.
Post-screening Q&A moderated by Martin Rowe, Editor and Publisher at Large of Lantern Books, with DirectorLiz Marshall and Photographer, Protagonist Jo-Anne McArthur, and Susie Coston, National Shelter Director for Farm Sanctuary.
AFTER PARTY: Movie & Dinner Benefit for Farm Sanctuary at Candle 79 and Candle Cafe West
Make it a Saturday “movie and dinner”. Space is limited. Please reserve early at Candle 79 or Candle Cafe West for a delicious vegan meal before or after the film (last seating is at 10:15 pm). 10% of your dinner bill will be donated to Farm Sanctuary when you mention “The Ghosts in our Machine.” Saturday night screening times are 5:30pm, 7:40pm, 10:30pm. Head uptown after the 7:40pm screening and join Director Liz Marshall, Photographer, Protagonist Jo-Anne McArthur, and Susie Coston, National Shelter Director of Farm Sanctuary, for dinner, a “toast,” and a meet-and-greet at 10:15 p.m. at Candle 79, 154 E. 79th St.
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 10TH
7:30pm: Introduction by Victoria Moran, Founder of Main Street Vegan Academy, and Author.
Post-screening Q&A moderated by Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan of Our Hen House, with Director Liz Marshall and Photographer, Protagonist Jo-Anne McArthur.
LOS ANGELES – Beverly Hills
LAEMMLE THEATRE, MUSIC HALL 3
NOVEMBER 15th – 21st: 3 SCREENINGS DAILY
OPENING NIGHT: FRIDAY NOVEMBER 15TH
6:20pm: Red carpet with very special guests
Post-screening Q&A moderated by Author and activist Karen Dawn, with Director Liz Marshall and Photographer, Protagonist Jo-Anne McArthur.
AFTER PARTY: Sage Organic Vegan Bistro – Culver City location.
10:00pm – 2:00am. Ticket Stub at Door, VIP
Join us after the film’s screening at Sage Vegan Bistro, LA’s first vegan pizza and beer garden. Sage is a cruelty-free plant based restaurant, recently named Culver’s Best New Vegan Restaurant by the Huffington Post. Sage will be serving up a variety of speciality cocktails and delicious vegan eats in honor of the film.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 16TH
Post-screening Q&A moderated by Author Dave Simon, with Director Liz Marshall and Photographer, ProtagonistJo-Anne McArthur.
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 17TH
Post-screening Q&A moderated by Nathan Runkle, Executive Director and Founder of Mercy For Animals, with Director Liz Marshall and Photographer, Protagonist Jo-Anne McArthur.
GATEWAY FILM CENTER
Friday, December 6 at 5:00 PM
Tuesday, December 10th at 6:00 PM
Thursday, December 12 at 4:00 PM