Lisa Y. Garibay was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, attended Amherst College in Massachusetts, and currently lives in Los Angeles. Garibay produced and music supervised the feature film Robbing Peter, which world premiered in narrative competition at the 2004 Los Angeles Film Festival. Robbing Peter received four 2005 Independent Spirit Award nominations including one for the John Cassavetes Award, given to the producer(s) of the Best Feature Under $500,000.
Garibay’s writing about music, film, and Latino culture appears regularly in Filmmaker magazine, Mean Street magazine, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, SOMA magazine, and the IFP Calendar newsletter and official Web site. In 2001, Garibay was awarded a fellowship with the Sundance Institute’s Arts Writing Program.
In 2003, Garibay’s feature script All For One was selected to participate in the first-ever NALIP/New York Latino Film Festival Latino Writers Lab, where it secured representation by ICM. Currently, Garibay is directing the documentary Sisters y Santos, focusing on activists battling violence against women along the U.S-Mexico border.
Garibay’s producing slate includes upcoming features Spanglish Dreams (a drama about a Mexican-American family facing the consequences of post-9/11 immigration policy), Luvina (an epic romance mirroring Spain’s battle for Mexico in the early 1800s), and Escaping Juarez (telling of a teenage girl’s coming-of-age among the violence and poverty of a Mexican border town). She is the founder of CineMás, a non-profit initiative linking independent film with education and community development.