04 Sep Peter Kinoy
As the Editorial Director, Peter Kinoy heads the post-production work at Skylight. Over a thirty year career he has developed a unique approach to visual storytelling that combines a deep empathy for human plight with a desire to explain, educate and point paths forward. Since founding Skylight Pictures with Pamela Yates in 1981 Kinoy has made documentaries that let the audience feel part of unreported worlds. He produced and edited When the Mountains Tremble, the prequel to Granito about a revolutionary movement in Guatemala that won a Special Jury Prize at the first Sundance Film Festival.
At the core of Peter’s work is the desire to create and use media for social change. Kinoy blends his skills as a master editor with his life long passion for social change to bring an urgency and commitment to Skylight projects. In the late 1980’s Kinoy helped to organize the New York chapter of the Union of the Homeless, work that led to a groundbreaking series of Skylight documentaries: Takeover, the story of homeless activists illegally seizing houses simultaneously in 8 U.S. cities was the first documentary in a trilogy about an underground anti-poverty movement in America that included Poverty Outlaw (Sundance-1997) and Outriders (PBS-1999). This trilogy has been compiled into one work titled Living Broke in Boom Times, which includes interviews with the leaders of the movement reflecting on lessons learned in the struggle.
Peter combined a deep concern for youth in poverty with small format video self-documentation to produce Teen Dreams,(Sundance 1995) a searing look at young people living on the edge.
The son of Arthur Kinoy, co-founder of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Peter returned to these roots taking audiences deep into the criminal justice system with the PBS national broadcast special Presumed Guilty (2002) a year inside the San Francisco Public Defenders office. He edited the award winning State of Fear (Best Reporting on Latin America, Overseas Press Club), and The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court, (POV 2009) the story of the movement to create the ICC and its first 6 years of operation.
Granito-How to Nail a Dictator is the most recent in a long line of social justice documentaries.
Expanding on the post-production work at Skylight, Kinoy has mentored emerging filmmakers at City College of New York, Columbia University, Casa Comal in Guatemala, and at the International School of Film and Television in Cuba. He was a founder of The Media College of the University of the Poor here in the US