Paco de Onis
Producer Paco de Onís grew up in several Latin American countries and is tri-lingual (Spanish, Portuguese, English). His extensive knowledge of Latin America and his television production experience in the United States make him uniquely suited to be the producer of Granito. He most recently produced The Reckoning: Battle for the International Court, which had its world premiere at the Sundance 09 U.S. Documentary Competition and will air nationally July 14 on the PBS P.O.V. series. Previously he produced State of Fear, a film about Peru’s “war on terror” based on the findings of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission. State of Fear won the 2006 Overseas Press Club Award for “Best Reporting in Any Medium on Latin America,” as well as the Film Critics’ Award for “Best Reporting in Any Medium on Latin America,” as well as the Audience Award at the Amnesty International Film Festival in Los Angeles.
Paco is a partner at Skylight Pictures, producing documentary films with long-term outreach campaigns using advanced media technologies to strengthen human rights and promote social justice. He previously produced documentaries for PBS (On Our Own Terms with Bill Moyers), National Geographic (Secrets from the Grave), and a range of other programs. Before producing television documentaries, he created music festivals in South America & the Caribbean, renovated and operated an arts/performance theater in Miami Beach, (The Cameo Theater) and owned and operated a Spanish-style tapas tavern in a 500-year old colonial house in Cartagena, Colombia.
Pamela Yates is an American documentary filmmaker. She was born and raised in the Appalachian coal-mining region of Pennsylvania but ran away at the age of 16 to live New York City.
Yates is a co-founder of Skylight Pictures (with Peter Kinoy), a company dedicated to creating films and digital media tools that advance awareness of human rights and the quest for justice by implementing multi-year outreach campaigns designed to engage, educate and activate social change.
Four of Yates’ films as a Director – When the Mountains Tremble; Poverty Outlaw; Takeover, and The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court — were nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and When the Mountains Tremble won the Special Jury Award in 1984. Her film, State of Fear: The Truth about Terrorism, has been translated into 47 languages and broadcast in 154 countries. Her most recent directorial effort, The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court (ICC), is an epic tale about the first six tumultuous years of the ICC, filmed across 4 continents in 6 languages over 4 years.
She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in support of her current Sundance offering, Granito a feature-length documentary that is part political thriller, part memoir, transporting audiences through a riveting, haunting tale of genocide and justice spanning four decades. She also directed the development of Granito:Every Memory Matters, a transmedia project using mobile applications to restore the collective memory of the Guatemalan genocide.