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by Adam Schartoff
April 8th, 2014
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Liz Garbus has one of the most unprecedented careers in documentary filmmaking today. Along with Rory Kennedy, she is co-founder and co-President of Moxie Firecracker Films.  Her most recent film, Love, Marilyn opened as a Gala Premiere at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival and was acquired by HBO for a 2013 debut.  The film utilizes a cast of A-list actors reading from Monroe’s never-before-seen private writings, to bring her voice to a contemporary audience.

In 2011, Garbus’s Bobby Fischer Against the World opened the Premiere Documentary Section of the Sundance Film Festival, was broadcast on HBO that June, and opened theatrically in Europe later that year. Hailed as “brilliant” by Entertainment Weekly, it chronicled the great Cold War showdown between Fischer and Boris Spassky in 1972. An Academy Award-Nominated and Emmy Award-Winning Producer and Director, in 2011 Garbus was nominated for her second Academy Award for the Documentary short Killing in the Name, which she produced with partner Rory Kennedy.

Garbus was first nominated in 1998 when she won international public and critical acclaim for her film about prison life in America, The Farm: Angola, USA. Garbus then directed Girlhood, which LA Weekly called “one of the most important films of the year” in 2003. Her directing credits include The Execution of Wanda Jean (Sundance & HBO, 2002), The Nazi Officer’s Wife (A&E, 2003) Coma (HBO, 2007), Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech (Sundance & HBO, 2009), and There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane (HBO, 2011).

In 2011, Garbus’s Bobby Fischer Against the World opened the Premiere Documentary Section of the Sundance Film Festival, was broadcast on HBO that June, and opened theatrically in Europe later that year. Hailed as “brilliant” by Entertainment Weekly, it chronicled the great Cold War showdown between Fischer and Boris Spassky in 1972. An Academy Award-Nominated and Emmy Award-Winning Producer and Director, in 2011 Garbus was nominated for her second Academy Award for the Documentary short Killing in the Name, which she produced with partner Rory Kennedy.Garbus was first nominated in 1998 when she won international public and critical acclaim for her film about prison life in America, The Farm: Angola, USA. Garbus then directed Girlhood, which LA Weekly called “one of the most important films of the year” in 2003. Her directing credits include The Execution of Wanda Jean (Sundance & HBO, 2002), The Nazi Officer’s Wife (A&E, 2003) Coma (HBO, 2007), Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech (Sundance & HBO, 2009), and There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane (HBO, 2011).

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