Liz Garbus is one of the most prolific American documentary filmmakers today. Garbus most recently produced and directed the 2011 hit, Bobby Fischer Against the World, which opened the Premiere Documentary Section of the 2011 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.
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).