I’m extremely excited about the upcoming Atlanta screening of the critically acclaimed documentary, The Ghosts In Our Machine. Georgia Animal Rights and Protection (GARP) is hosting the exclusive screening of this film on March 1 and 2 with a 4 pm show time on both days at the Plaza Theatre. For more information on this event, including ticket information, visit GARP’s website here.
“With the exception of our companion animals and a few wild and stray species within our urban environments, we experience animals daily only as the food, clothing, animal tested goods and entertainment we make of them. This moral dilemma is often hidden from our view …
THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE is a multi-award winning documentary by Liz Marshall 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 photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, we become intimately familiar with a cast of non-human animals. The film follows Jo-Anne over the course of a year as she photographs several animal stories in parts of Canada, the U.S. and in Europe. Each story is a window into global animal industries: Food, Fashion, Entertainment and Research.
THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE charts McArthur’s efforts to bring wider attention to a topic that most of humankind strives hard to avoid. Are non-human animals property to be owned and used, or are they sentient beings deserving of rights?” (Source: Ghosts In Our Machine)
There will be a very special Q&A session following the movie with Dr. Lori Marino, neuroscientist and faculty member at Emory University, and Executive Director of The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy. Coincidentally, Our Hen House (OHH) had Lori on their most recent podcast episode. During her OHH interview, Dr. Marino not only spoke about her research at Emory University and her work at The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy, but she also delved into how she’s making a major impact for the animals with various projects such as The Someone – Not Something Project and the Nonhuman Rights Project. To top it all off, she discussed her role in the hit movie Blackfish. The interview was absolutely inspiring and I’m thrilled that she’s joining us after the screening!
Whether you reside in Atlanta or not, be sure not to miss the Second Opinion Animal Rights radio show this week to hear host Melody Paris’ interview with director Liz Marshall. The show airs on Wednesday at 6 pm EST on WRFG Atlanta. You can listen live on 89.3 FM or on their website. Also, you’ll have the chance to win tickets to this weekend’s Atlanta premiere!
Do you want to learn more on how to get this extraordinary film to your city? There’s a page on the Ghosts’ website that explains how to host a screening. Another option is to contact your local movie theater and ask them if they’d screen the movie, which is what I did. I partnered with my local animal rights organization, GARP, to host, advertise and promote the event, and even hit the pavement by putting up flyers to attract attention from the non-vegan community. Bringing The Ghosts In Our Machine to Atlanta has been several months in the making, but I know it will be well worth the wait.
“The connection that I have to animals while I’m photographing them is one of empathy. There is a huge mistreatment and inequality between human and non-human animals, and that’s always in the forefront of my mind.” – Jo-Anne McArthur
PS – I’m very grateful for Seth at VeganESP, who is going to record the Q&A with Dr. Lori Marino. If you’re looking for Meatless Monday recipes today, visit his and his partner Elena’s blog. Their dishes always look outrageously good!