WorldCat Identities

Garbus, Liz

Works: 28 works in 153 publications in 4 languages and 7,665 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Documentary television programs  Biography  History  Biographical films  Television programs  Historical television programs  Trials, litigation, etc  Case studies 
Roles: Producer, Director, fmp, fld, Author, fmd
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Liz Garbus
10 days that unexpectedly changed America( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 957 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Massacre at Mystic: The first time the English settlers engaged in the slaughter of Native Americans after years of relatively peaceful coexistence. Shays' Rebellion: A violent protest against dept collection and taxation motivated George Washington to come out of retirement to help strengthen the fragile new nation which led to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Gold rush: The discovery of gold spurred tremendous financial and physical growth throughout the West. Antietam: On September 17, 1862, there were 23,000 casualties on both sides of this Civil War battle, making this the bloodiest day in American History. The Union victory enabled President Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, making foreign support of the Confederacy all but impossible. The homestead strike: Harsh working conditions at Carnegie's Homestead steel mill led to a union strike. Murder at the fair: Set against the backdrop of the 1901 World's Fair, the assassination of President William McKinley ushered in a new Progressive Era under the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt. Scopes: The courtroom battle between William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow over the teaching of evolution in a small Tennessee town underscored a deep schism within the American psyche. Einstein's letter: Albert Einstein's letter to FDR urged the development of an unthinkably powerful new weapon. When America was rocked: Elvis Presley's appearance on The Ed Sullivan show on September 9, 1956, signified a whole new culture that involved teenage independence, sexuality, race relations and a new form of music. Freedom summer: In 1864, three Civil Rights workers were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi
Addiction : a 14-part series( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 906 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Strives to break through the myths and explain what addiction really is, what causes it, and how to get the best available treatments
Ghosts of Abu Ghraib by Rory Kennedy( Visual )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interviews with perpetrators, witnesses, and victims examining the abuses that occurred in the fall of 2003 at the notorious Iraqi prison. Probes the psychology of how typical American men and women came to commit these atrocious acts
What happened, Miss Simone? by Nina Simone( Visual )

23 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 685 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profiles the life and career of American singer Nina Simone
Bobby Fischer against the world( Visual )

19 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and Multiple languages and held by 590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the '70s, Chess was a Cold War sport. Since the end of WWII, the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. had been locked in mortal combat for supremacy of just about everything, and Bobby Fischer was America's hope. Chess prodigies aren't that rare, but Bobby Fischer made chess sexy, an almost impossible task. He captured the world's imagination, and he proved that the U.S. could produce a champion in a game where the winners always seemed to be Russians. Chess would seem to make a terrible spectator sport, but somehow this man ratcheted all of it up to new heights. Chess fans will find it short on details on what made his game unique, but most will find this a great portrait of a man who was so brilliant that it made him intensely unhappy. He couldn't handle his own genius, and in the end, that was what destroyed him. He wasn't a man against the world, but rather a man against himself. That was the one opponent he could never best
Girl hood( Visual )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 492 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Shanae was ten years old when she was gang-raped by five boys. She responded by turning to drink and drugs, and then at age 12, graduated to murder. Abandoned by her mother, a heroin addict turned prostitute, Megan ran away from ten different foster homes before being arrested for assault. Both girls ended up in the Waxter Juvenile Facility, home to Maryland's most violent offenders."--Container
Pandemic : facing AIDS( Visual )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This theatrical version of the HBO series takes us around the globe to reveal stories of people who have been touched by AIDS: James (Uganda), a seven-year-old orphan who is taking care of his little sister Jessica; Sergei and Lena (Russia), young parents whose previous drug use has left them HIV-positive; Nagaraj and Bhanu (India), a young family facing life with AIDS in a small village, Alex (Brazil), a 27-year-old gay man who is trying to rebuild his health and get back to living a full and productive life; and Lek (Thailand), a former sex worker
Street fight by Marshall Curry( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Street Fight, the Oscar nominated documentary, is a riveting story about the underbelly of American democracy. When Cory Booker, a 32-year-old Yale Law grad, taks on a four-term mayor of Newark, NJ, he gets an education in the politics of the streets. The city's political machine unleashes a campaign of harassment and voter intimidation, and the race unfolds amid accusations of terrorism, a Watergate-style burglary, and sexual scandal. When the election becomes racially charged - a surprising twist for a battle between two African-American candidates - voters are forced to ask what it means to be "really black" in America today
Love, Marilyn( Visual )

22 editions published between 2012 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Of all the stars in Hollywood's history, no one had a more potent mix of glamor and tragedy than Marilyn Monroe. Through performed readings of her personal papers, this film explores the life and personal thoughts of this seminal movie star
The execution of Wanda Jean( Visual )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 2001, Wanda Jean Allen was given a lethal injection by the state of Oklahoma, making her the first black woman to be executed in America in fifty years. Chronicles the methodical way the criminal justice system proceeds to execute Wanda Jean, a convicted murderess with a low IQ bordering on retardation. While pleas for clemency are exhausted, she faces her inevitable death
Coma( Visual )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the mysteries of the injured brain and its ability to heal. The special goes inside a top U.S. medical facility for the treatment of head trauma and follows four coma survivors over the course of a year. Includes film not originally featured
¡Yo soy Boricua, pa'que tu lo sepas! = I'm Boricua, just so you know!( Visual )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rosie Perez explores the complex history between Puerto Rico and the United States. It begins with the vibrant celebration of the Puerto Rican Day Parade and lingers with Perez's deeply personal perspective. The themes of family, language, and racism are put into historical perspective as the film uncovers the side of Puerto Rico absent from U.S. history books
Shouting Fire : Stories from the Edge of Free Speech( Visual )

7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary look at the evolution of the concept of free speech throughout the United States' history, and a specific examination of the balancing act between protecting civil liberties and national security in a post-9/11 world. Despite the First Amendment, is all speech equally free? As a living document, the U.S. Constitution is subject to changing interpretations; court cases that have alternatively broadened and narrowed the amendment's protections. But its greatest challenge may be the government that seized on the 9/11 tragedy as unprecedented license to surveil, intimidate, arrest, and detain citizens. The eternal question is: Do Americans ever benefit by limiting the scope of the First Amendment? Noted attorney Martin Garbus serves as tour guide, with examples drawn from recent controversies in education, and protest movements past and present
The Farm : Angola USA by Liz Garbus( Visual )

6 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The film "provides an intimate look inside the lives of six inmates at the notorious maximum security Louisiana State Penitentiary. The filmamakers spent a year filming at what was widely known as "America's Bloodiest Prison," called Angola after the home of the slaves that once worked its fields, and still known as "The Farm"--Its fertile soil enriched by the surrounding Mississippi River that regularly floods the prison. These are the stories of men sentenced to life--or death--behind bars, some fighting the system to prove their innocence, others paying the price to society for the harm their crimes have caused. But the inmates are sustained by a powerful and innately human longing for redemption that allows them to hold onto hope that their lives will have meaning and that they can achieve forgiveness"--Container
Nothing left unsaid : Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper by Liz Garbus( Visual )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Born into one of the wealthiest and best-known families in American history, Gloria Vanderbilt has lived in the public eye for more than 90 years, unapologetically pursuing love, family and career, experiencing extreme tragedy and tremendous success side by side. In this HBO Documentary Films production, Vanderbilt and her son, award-winning TV journalist Anderson Cooper, look back at Vanderbilt's remarkable, still-productive life
A dangerous son( Visual )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One in 10 American children suffers from a serious emotional disturbance and over 17 million have experienced a psychiatric disorder. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Liz Garbus, A Dangerous Son focuses primarily on three families in crisis, each struggling with a child's severe mental illness and desperately seeking treatment in the face of limited resources and support. Interspersed with interviews with mental-health experts and advocates -- including Dr. Thomas Insel, former director of the National Institute of Mental Health, and Andrew Solomon, author of Far from the Tree -- the film highlights the cycle of counselor visits, medications, hospitalizations and encounters with law enforcement (calling the police is too often a heart-wrenching last resort for parents). The guilt and isolation parents feel can be overwhelming, as is the constant worry that their child may harm themselves or others. And while treatment can greatly improve outcomes, appropriate care is a luxury only for those who can afford it, or who happen to live in states with free or affordable treatment. An intimate look at childhood psychiatric disorders, A Dangerous Son exposes the cracks in a system that fails too many families, with potentially devastating consequences."--Container
The fence = (La Barda)( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 2006, the U.S. government built the Southern U.S. Border Barrier, a fence that stretches only 700 miles of the 2000 plus miles comprising the U.S.-Mexican border to help contain the illegal immigration issue, at a cost of three years and three billion dollars. Kennedy investigates the impact of the fence and some of its unforeseen consequences. Through candid interviews with border guards, ranchers, environmentalists, she asked the question: Was it worth it?
There's something wrong with Aunt Diane( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On the afternoon of July 26, 2009, Diane Schuler drove the wrong way on the Taconic State Parkway in New York for nearly two miles, eventually smashing into an SUV and killing herself, her daughter, three nieces, and all three people in the other car. Only her five-year-old son survived. Diane's autopsy revealed that she had consumed the equivalent of 10 shots of vodka and had smoked marijuana shortly before the accident. Yet by all accounts, Diane had no history of substance abuse or psychological problems, and was generally known to be a loving and stable wife and mother. ... Was Diane Schuler the monster the public made her out to be? Or was she the perfect wife and mother that so many who knew her said she was? This documentary searches for answers to an enduring and disturbing tragedy"--Container
Con man by Jing Wang( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the case of James Arthur Hogue, a man who throughout his life assumed a series of fraudulent identities, ultimately managing to deceive his way into Princeton University
Family affair( Visual )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At 10 years old, Chico Colvard shot his older sister in the leg. This seemingly random act detonated a chain reaction that exposed unspeakable realities and shattered his family. Thirty years later, Colvard ruptures veils of secrecy and silence again. As he bravely visits his relatives, what unfolds is a personal film that's as uncompromising, raw, and cathartic as any in the history of the medium. Driving the story forward is Colvard's sensitive probing of a complex dynamic: the way his three sisters survived severe childhood abuse by their father and, as adults, manage to muster loyalty to him"--Container
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Alternative Names
Garbus, Elizabeth