Liz Marshall is a Canadian documentary/non-fiction filmmaker based in Toronto. Since the 1990s she has directed and produced independent projects and been part of film and television teams, creating broadcast, theatrical, campaign and cross-platform documentaries shot around the world. Marshall’s work illuminates social justice and environmental themes through immersive character-driven narratives. She is known for the influential award-winning documentary THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE (2013) and for WATER ON THE TABLE (2010).
Currently, Liz is completing MIDIAN FARM, a film about a 1970s Canadian back-to-the-land utopian social experiment that she spent formative years at. She is developing MEAT THE FUTURE with Canada’s documentary Channel, about the emerging food revolution referred to as “clean meat” – real meat without animal slaughter.
Liz Marshall’s work has screened for diverse international audiences including an Oscar qualifying theatrical campaign, cable and digital broadcast, Netflix, iTunes, film festivals including Hot Docs and IDFA, museums in North America and South Korea, in-flight on Air Canada, for hundreds of grassroots groups around the world, at the 2014 Animal Law Conference, the 2006 International AIDS Conference, the 2000 Conference on War-Affected Children for 150 world leaders, and at a Tragically Hip concert for 200,000 of their fans.
THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE was released theatrically in 2013 across 11 Canadian cities, was held over for 5 consecutive weeks in Toronto before its world broadcast premiere on Canada’s documentary Channel. It was released in 4 major American markets and qualified for the 2013 Oscar long list. By early 2015, the film’s community screenings campaign extended to 1,816 cities, 92 countries, and 6 continents. The success and effectiveness of THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE is reflected in an extensive impact report, co-authored by Faunalytics, funded by the Bertha BRITDOC Connect Fund.
Television for-hire credits include: story editor on the Sacred Water episode of the Vice series RISE (2016), about the Standing Rock Indigenous resistance to the North Dakota Access Pipeline; post-production producer of the George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight Pakistan special (2011); episode director for the international Holmes Inspection series with Mike Holmes (2010); series director of the second season of Stuck, a 13-part series for the W Network (2009). From 1998-2003 Liz worked as an Arts, News and Specials television producer and videographer at the former CityTV building in Toronto (Chum Limited), helmed by media mogul Moses Znaimer, where she produced dozens of segments and a few specials while working for Bravo! and BookTelevision: The Channel.
Fresh out of film school in 1995, Liz was commissioned by American folk icon Ani DiFranco and her pioneering record label Righteous Babe Records to document Ani on the road during her 1995 tour. Liz directed a multi-media archival road collage consisting of super8mm and 16mm film, hi8 video, and digital audio recordings of Ani in parts of Canada and the US. In 2008, Liz directed THE RAWSIDE OF … The Bourbon Tabernacle Choir episode for the unorthodox Rawside series for the Independent Film Channel. Between 1995-2005, Liz directed several music and arts shorts with and about celebrated Canadian artists, including dancer, choreographer Peggy Baker, singer-songwriters Sexsmith & Kerr (Ron Sexsmith and Don Kerr), Kyp Harness, and Maryem Hassan Tollar.
Liz Marshall is an active member of the Canadian film community. She has been a member of DOC (Documentary Organization of Canada) since 2007, and served for three terms (2011-2016) as an elected board member of the Toronto chapter of DOC, which formed the DOC Institute, the collective voice for Toronto’s indie documentary filmmakers. Liz is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC-Ontario), a provincial labour organization representing more than 1,900 key creative and logistical personnel working in the screen-based industries. She is a core member of the Toronto chapter of Film Fatales, a global collective of female directors dedicated to the creation of more films and television by and about women.
Liz spent her childhood summers playing and imagining on the salty sorrel beaches of the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, her home away from home. She lives in Toronto with her partner and their rescued cats.