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Liz Marshall


Born and raised in Toronto, Liz found her passion for storytelling at 16, behind the lens of her first camera. Fresh out of the Media Arts program at Ryerson (Metropolitan University) in the 1990s, she documented the lives of musicians, artists and activists, and worked extensively in TV before being swept into the realm of international documentary filmmaking.

With a focus on social justice, environmental and animal ethics, Liz Marshall has co-created multiple award winning projects filmed around the world. Working with diverse teams and communities, global funders and changemakers, her body of work is recognized for its intimate access, visually emotive storytelling, and consciousness raising impact.

In the late 2010s, Liz received her Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Cinema Production at York University. She centred her thesis around the personal and historic themes of Midian Farm, a 1970s back-to-the-land intentional community in Ontario, co-founded by her parents.

Liz is an active member of the Canadian film community. She is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada – BC Chapter, and serves on the board of directors for Cinema Politica, a non-profit supporting the work of independent, political filmmakers in Canada and beyond. As a longtime member of DOC (Documentary Organization of Canada,) Liz was an elected board member for six years of the Toronto chapter which formed the DOC Institute – the collective voice for Ontario's indie documentary community. Liz is a founding member of the Canadian chapter of Film Fatales, a global community of experienced women and non-binary feature film and television directors dedicated to expanding the landscape of representation in storytelling.