Paco de Onís: Executive Director

Paco de Onís grew up in several Latin American countries and is multi-lingual. Most recently, de Onís produced Skylight Pictures’ film Disruption, about women’s economic empowerment in Colombia, Peru and Brazil. In 2011 he produced 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 also served as the producer on Skylight’s film The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court (world premiere Sundance 2009), a documentary accompanied by IJCentral, an interactive audience engagement initiative promoting global rule of law, developed at the BAVC Producerʼs Institute in 2008. Prior to that, he produced State of Fear, a Skylight Pictures film about Peruʼs 20-year “war on terror” based on the findings of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Paco the Executive Director at Skylight. Prior to his work at Skylight he 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.

Recent entries by Paco de Onís:

Farewell to a Giant of Human Rights

Filmmakers’ Statement on the Making of “Disruption”

A Human Rights MOOC

The Battle for Guatemala

“A Greater Story Never Told”

Imagining Impact: Documentary Film and the Production of Political Effects

Regarding #stopKony

Jumping Into the Fray for Justice

“A Hymn to the Power of Filmmaking”

The Reckoning Nominee for Major Award