Chess and Politics

“Chess is beyond politics”
    —Kirsan Ilyumzhiov, President of FIDE,
    Fédération Internationale des Échecs. 

Politics, Corruption, Murder, and Chess.  The world of chess hasn’t changed much since Bobby Fischer’s heyday and the 1972 World Championship match that became a symbol of the Cold War. To this day, chess remains a pawn in a larger geopolitical struggle where some of the world’s greatest minds are playing out international conflicts.

Check out Steven Lee Myers’ article from last weeks New York Magazine, about the recent FIDE (the international chess governing body) elections and how, almost 50 years after Fischer’s politically symbolic win, chess continues to plays a major role in global politics. 


Click here to read the article


Bobby Fischer Around the World

We are pleased to announce that Liz Garbus’ film Bobby Fischer Against the World will be showcased in both Saint Louis, Missouri at the World Chess Hall of Fame and in South Korea at the DMZ Documentary Film Festival.


The World Chess Hall of Fame opened their newest exhibit, A Memorable Life: A Glimpse into the Complex Mind of Bobby Fischer, July 24th. The showcase displays some never before seen artifacts from Bobby Fischer’s historic rise including the famous “Red Book” of Boris Spassky’s best games, which Fischer studied constantly during his preparations for the 1972 World Championship.


In addition to Fischer’s private notes and game strategies, the exhibit also features clips from Garbus’ acclaimed documentary on the complicated psychology behind Fischer’s genius and his emblematic defeat of Boris Spassky to become World Champion. Moxie Firecracker and the World Chess Hall of Fame have partnered together in the past to plan events during the film’s premiere at Sundance, and we’re excited to continue our affiliation.


A Memorable Life: A Glimpse into the Complex Mind of Bobby Fischer will run from July 24, 2014 – June 7, 2015 at the World Chess Hall of Fame in Saint Louis, Missouri.


Bobby Fischer Against the World will also be featured at the DMZ Korean International Documentary Film Festival (DMZ Docs) this September.


DMZ Docs is becoming one of the most important documentary showcases in Asia and aims to promote themes of peace, reconciliation and coexistence. Just last year the festival screened close to 120 films from 38 different countries. Bobby Fischer Against the World was invited to screen this year as one of five films in a Hot Docs retrospective at the fest. The festival runs September 17- 24 in South Korea.



Liz Garbus featured on Rooftop Films' Filmwax Radio

Blogger Adam Schartoff focused his April 8th podcast on the work of Liz Garbus, and we're happy to share the lovely final product. Listen or download to hear more about how Liz got her start in documentary films and some of the films that have inspired her own craftsmanship. 


Karen Schmeer Fellowship recipient announced at SXSW


Karen Schmeer was a leading documentary film editor with a unique and passionate eye for story, who was killed in a hit and run in 2010.  She was a collaborator and friend of many of the Moxie Firecracker extended family, and at the time of the tragic accident, was in the midst of editing Liz Garbus's film “Bobby Fischer Against the World.” 


Since her death, a devoted team of her friends, family, and fellow filmmakers have come together to run the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship. Awarded once a year, the Fellowship helps doc editors hone their storytelling skills. We're excited to hear the 2014 recipient is none other than Colin Nusbaum, a former Moxie Firecracker intern. Colin's been working intensively in the doc world since 2008. His work includes “Tough Love,” “The Sheikh and I,” “Born to Fly,” and “Shouting Fire: Stories From the Edge of Free Speech,” among others. Though they never met in person, Colin also worked with Karen on her last film,  “Bobby Fischer Against the World.” 


As the recipient of the Fellowship, Colin will be under the mentorship of a group of amazing doc editors: Jean Tsien, David Teague, and Jonathan Oppenheim. He’s already begun blogging about the experience and what he’s been up to at SXSW - you can stay abreast through the Fellowship's site, at


Love, Marilyn Available on DVD, iTunes and Amazon!

Moxie Firecracker is proud to share Love, Marilyn with you on DVD and iTunes. Marilyn Monroe invented her public persona at the expense of concealing a private side known only to her close confidants. Fifty years after her death, her creation still blazes brightly in our cultural imagination, while the creator continues to lurk in the shadows.   Drawing on never-before-seen personal papers, diaries and letters, director Liz Garbus worked with acclaimed actresses to evoke the multiple aspects of the real Marilyn - passion, ambition, soul-searching, power and fear – in an absorbing and astonishing portrait.


Elizabeth Banks, Ellen Burstyn, Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Jennifer Ehle, Lindsay Lohan, Lili Taylor, Uma Thurman, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood read the words of Marilyn, alongside Adrien Brody, Hope Davis, Ben Foster, Paul Giamatti, Janet McTeer, Oliver Platt and David Strathairn, who read the writings of Billy Wilder, Natasha Lytess, Truman Capote, Gloria Steinem and Norman Mailer. Together these actors bring a unique vision of Marilyn to a contemporary audience. Coupled with interviews of those who knew her personally and never-before-seen archival footage and audiotapes, the film is a must for anyone who considers themself an expert on Marilyn, or who wants to learn more…


A.O. Scott from the New York Times calls it, "A heady cocktail of journalistic rigor and show business flair...just right for its blazingly famous, endlessly enigmatic subject."


The film hit festivals in Fall 2012; it was broadcast on HBO summer 2013, and since then has enjoyed a limited theatrical run. Now we're excited to share it on more platforms. Find your copy on Amazon, iTunes, or Netflix.