Liz Garbus is an American 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. 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. Garbus’ 2012 film, Love, Marilyn, internationally opened as a Gala Premiere at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival and aired on HBO summer of 2013. In 2015 she directed What Happened, Miss Simone? a documentary about the singer Nina Simone. What Happened, Miss Simone? was the opening night film for Sundance Film Festival, it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature 2015, a Grammy for Best Music Film 2015, and Garbus was nominated for a DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary. The film was released by Netflix on June 26, 2015.
Garbus is the daughter of attorney Martin Garbus. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1992. In 1998, she co-founded a independent documentary production company, Moxie Firecracker Films, with fellow Brown University alum Rory Kennedy.
She is a fellow of the Open Society's Center on Crime, Communities, and Culture.