Pamela Yates was born and raised in the Appalachian coal-mining region of Pennsylvania but ran away at 16 to live New York City. She is a co-founder, with Peter Kinoy, of Skylight Pictures, a New York City based company dedicated to creating films and advanced digital media that raise awareness of human rights issues. Four of Yates' films as a director, When the Mountains Tremble, Poverty Outlaw, Takeover and The Reckoning (POV 2009) have been nominated for Grand Jury Prizes at Sundance. When the Mountains Tremble won Sundance's 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, and won an Overseas Press Club Award. Yates received a Guggenheim Fellowship to support the making of Granito. She has also directed the development of the transmedia project Granito: Every Memory Matters.
Paco de Onís
Paco de Onís grew up in several Latin American countries and is multi-lingual. In addition to producing Granito, he helped launch the companion multimedia project Granito: Every Memory Matters. He also produced The Reckoning (POV 2009), including IJCentral, an interactive audience-engagement initiative promoting global rule of law, developed at the BAVC Producers Institute in 2008. Prior to that, de Onís produced State of Fear, about Peru's 20-year war on terror based on the findings of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, as well as documentaries for PBS (On Our Own Terms with Bill Moyers) and National Geographic (Secrets from the Grave). Before working in television, he organized music festivals in South America and the Caribbean, renovated and operated the Cameo Theater in Miami Beach and owned and operated a tapas tavern in a 500-year-old colonial house in Cartagena, Colombia. He is a partner at Skylight Pictures.
Peter Kinoy's roots in social activism go deep. His father, Arthur Kinoy, was a constitutional lawyer who co-founded the Center for Constitutional Rights with William Kunstler and Morty Stavis. Kinoy, along with long-time collaborator and Skylight Pictures partner Pamela Yates, specializes in long-form documentaries about human rights and the quest for justice. He produced and edited When the Mountains Tremble, which won a Special Jury Prize at the first Sundance Film Festival in 1984. Kinoy's other credits include Takeover, an inside look at homeless activists, and Teen Dreams (co-produced with Ilan Ziv), which pioneered self-documentation with small-format cameras. With Yates, Kinoy made Poverty Outlaw and The Reckoning. He teaches and mentors emerging filmmakers at City College of New York, Columbia University, Casa Comal in Guatemala and the International School of Film and Television in Cuba. He is a founder of The Media College of the University of the Poor in the U.S. He lives in New York City.