LizMars Productions Inc. is a Toronto based company representing the works of
director, producer, writer and multi-platform creator Liz Marshall.
Liz Marshall is an award-winning auteur filmmaker who fuses character-driven cinematic storytelling with social and environmental justice issues. Since the 90s she has created a body of documentary projects shot all over the world which focus on a range of subjects including: animal use and animal sentience; the right to water movement; HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa; sweatshop labour; corporate-globalization; gender; censorship affecting writers and journalists, war-affected children; music icons and the written and spoken word. Liz is well versed in the craft of conceptual point-of-view storytelling as a means of exploring complex issues.
Marshall’s current film is THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE (2013), a cross-platform documentary that illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world. Through the heart and photographic lens of acclaimed animal photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, we become intimately familiar with a cast of non-human subjects. The film follows McArthur over the course of a year as she photographs several animal stories in parts of Canada, the U.S. and in Europe. Each story and photograph is a window into global animal industries: Research; Food; Fashion and Entertainment.
Awards and Nominations: 2013: Top 20 Audience Favourite, IDFA; Mostra Animal Oscow Homage; Best Canadian Feature, Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival; Special Jury Award, DMZ Docs; Top Ten Audience Favourite, Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival; Winner Golden Sheaf Award for Best Nature/Environment Documentary; Nominee Golden Sheaf Award for Best Documentary Director. Co-recipient of the 3rd Annual Lisa Grill Compassion for Animals Award, Toronto Vegetarian Association. 2012: Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. 2010: Nominee for the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social Political Documentary at the Gemini Awards; Winner of the Best Canadian Feature Film Award at the 11th Annual Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival. 2010 Featured Canadian Film for Cinema Politica; 2011 Honourable Mention Canada’s Environmental Media Association Awards (EMA’s). Gold – Cable in the Classroom; Gold – Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB); Bronze – New York International Film Festival. short-listed for the 2005 Deborah Fletcher Award (CIDA); it won Gold for the 2005 Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB), and Bronze for the 2005 New York International Film Festival.
Liz is also a director for-hire. Recent highlights include working at George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight on its Pakistan special (2011). Working with Mike Holmes on the Holmes Inspection series (2010). Directing the second season of Stuck, a 13-part series for the W Network (2009).
Additionally, Liz has enjoyed creating a body of dance and music shorts with acclaimed artists – folk icon Ani Difranco, dancer and choreographer Peggy Baker, celebrated singer-songwriters Ron Sexsmith and Don Kerr (Sexsmith & Kerr), Kyp Harness, Canadian-Egyptian chanteuse Maryem Tollar, and the world music ensemble Maza Meze.
Liz spent her childhood summers playing and imagining on the salty sorrel beaches of British Columbia, her home away from home. She lives in Toronto with her partner and their rescued cats.
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