LIZ MARSHALL

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SHORT BIOGRAPHY

An award-winning filmmaker who has written, directed, produced and filmed multiple impactful documentaries around the globe since the 1990s, Liz Marshall’s Meat The Future (2021), chronicles the birth of the “cultivated meat” industry through the eyes of a visionary CEO, Dr. Uma Valeti.

Liz Marshall opened our eyes to the inhumanity and environmental impact of animals exploited for food, fashion, entertainment, and research with her 2013 acclaimed film The Ghosts in Our Machine. Additional titles are Midian Farm (2018), about a 1970s back-to-land social experiment, and Water on the Table (2010), about the human right to water amidst a global water crisis.

Included in Marshall’s body of work is the Stephen Lewis Foundation Trilogy (2007), about the HIV/AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa, Musicians in the WarZone (2001), a War Child Canada/MuchMusic special presentation about war-affected children, and the 1995 music tour archive of folk-icon Ani DiFranco. 

Liz’s work has taken her around the globe to West and sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, South and South East Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Central and South America, and across Canada and the United States. 

Her films have been released theatrically, on streaming and digital platforms, for global broadcasters, at top-tier film festivals, for hundreds of grassroots communities, for influencers and celebrities, at museums, a Tragically Hip rock concert, for world leaders, and are distributed within the educational market.

See Liz Marshall’s full portfolio here, including short films, music videos and music documentaries. 

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The global success and social impact of the critically acclaimed documentary The Ghosts In Our Machine, is reflected in a global impact evaluation report funded by the Doc Society.

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Liz Marshall’s work has been reviewed widely. 

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LONG BIOGRAPHY

During early childhood in Ontario, Liz (Cowie) Marshall’s family lived on a back-to-the-land commune, as chronicled in her personal documentary Midian Farm. Her 2017 Masters of Fine Arts degree (MFA) in Cinema Production from York University, centred on the themes of Midian Farm as a unique 1970s Canadian social experiment.

Liz Marshall began her creative career at age 12, acting with Toronto Studio Players, a street and studio style theatre company. At 16, Liz bought her first 35mm film camera, which inspired a vision behind the lens. 

In the mid-90s, fresh out of Ryerson University’s Media Arts Bachelor of Applied Arts program (BAA), Liz Marshall was commissioned by American folk-icon Ani DiFranco and her pioneering record label Righteous Babe Records to document Ani’s life as a touring musician in parts of the US and Canada. In 1995, Liz directed a multimedia approach, consisting of Super 8mm and 16mm film, hi-8 video, photographs and digital audio recordings of Ani on the road, behind the scenes, and performing for sold-out audiences.

From 1999 – 2003, Liz worked as a freelance arts, news and specials producer and videographer at the storied CHUM/CityTV building in Toronto, helmed by media mogul Moses Znaimer. She produced dozens of segments, one-hour specials, and filmed iconic artists, celebrities and musicians for Bravo!NewStyleArts Channel, MuchMusic, and BookTelevision: The Channel.

Liz Marshall worked as Media Director for the Non Governmental Organization War Child Canada and directed her first social-impact documentary Musicians In the WarZone (2001), produced by War Child Canada and MuchMusic, featuring Canadian music artists Chantal Kreviazuk, Raine Maida, the Rascalz, and David Usher in war zones Iraq and Sierra Leone, and at the Thai-Burmese border. From 2006-2007, Liz directed and co-produced a trilogy of short documentaries with the Stephen Lewis Foundation about the HIV/AIDS pandemic across sub-Saharan Africa affecting and impacting children, women, and grandmother’s. 

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 – BC Chapter – a provincial labour organization representing more than 1,900 key creative and logistical personnel working in the screen-based industries. Liz is a core member of the Canadian chapter of Film Fatales, a global collective of female directors dedicated to the creation of more films and television by and about women.

Liz Marshall lived in Toronto for more than four decades, spending childhood summers playing and imagining on the salty sorrel beaches of the Sunshine Coast, British Columbia, the unceded homelands of the shíshálh and sḵwx̱wú7mesh Peoples, where she currently resides.