Paco de Onís: Producer/Partner
Paco de Onís grew up in several Latin American countries and is multi-lingual. He most recently released Granito: How to Nail a Dictator (world premiere at Sundance 2011), a documentary detective story focused on the role of filmic and archival documentation in the prosecution of a genocide case against Guatemalan generals, and launched Granito: Every Memory Matters, a companion mixed media project developed to restore the collective memory of the Guatemalan genocide. One year after the release ofGranito: How to Nail a Dictator, the dictator of the title was charged with genocide and put on trial in Guatemala. Paco previously produced The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court (world premiere Sundance 2009), accompanied by IJCentral, an interactive audience engagement initiative promoting global rule of law. Prior to that, he produced State of Fear: The Truth About Terrorism, a Skylight Pictures film about Peru’s 20-year “war on terror” based on the findings of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
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.