Liz Garbus

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Liz Garbus is a documentary film director and producer. Her 2011 film, Bobby Fischer Against the World, opened the documentary section of that year's Sundance Film Festival, reserved for master American documentary filmmakers.[1]

The same year she was nominated a second time for an Academy Award, for her film Killing in the Name, which she produced with her producing partner Rory Kennedy.[2] Garbus is the daughter of attorney Martin Garbus and a fellow of the Open Society's Center on Crime, Communities, and Culture.[3]


She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1992.[3]


In 1998, her film The Farm: Angola, USA was nominated for an Academy Award. It was awarded with prizes including the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and two Emmy awards.[4] In 2002, Garbus' film The Execution of Wanda Jean was shown at the Sundance Film Festival.[4] The next year she directed The Nazi Officer's Wife, which was narrated by Susan Sarandon and Julia Ormond. In 2005 she collaborated with partner Rory Kennedy to executive-produce the Academy Award-nominated Street Fight about the 2002 Newark mayoral election. In 2006 the pair worked with actress Rosie Perez directing to produce her film Yo Soy Boricua.[5] Her other producing credits include Ghosts of Abu Ghraib, which premiered at Sundance and won an Emmy for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special of 2007.

In 2007 Garbus directed the film Coma, which aired on HBO in July of that year. It is about the experiences of four brain-injured patients receiving treatment at the JFK-Johnson Medical Facility in New Jersey.

Moxie Firecracker Films[edit]

In 1998, Garbus co-founded Moxie Firecracker Films, Inc., an independent documentary production company, with fellow Brown University graduate, Rory Kennedy.[4]

Partial filmography[edit]

Year Film Director Co-producer Other Notes
1998 The Farm: Angola, USA Yes Yes
2002 The Execution of Wanda Jean Yes Yes
2003 Girlhood Yes Yes
The Nazi Officer's Wife Yes narrated by Susan Sarandon and Julia Ormond
2005 Street Fight Yes
2006 Yo soy Boricua, pa'que tu lo sepas! Yes Yes
2007 Coma IV Yes
Ghosts of Abu Ghraib Yes
2009 Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech Yes Yes
2010 Killing in the Name Yes
2011 Bobby Fischer Against the World Yes
There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane Yes Yes
2012 Love, Marilyn Yes Yes
2013 Before the Spring: After the Fall Yes Yes
2014 A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY Yes Yes


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