Director Pamela Yates is the recipient of a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship. She is the director of the Sundance Award-winning When the Mountains Tremble, the producer of the Emmy Award-winning Loss of Innocence and the executive producer of the Academy Award-winning Witness to War.
Previously, Yates directed State of Fear (2005), a feature length documentary that tells the epic story of Peru’s 20-year “war on terror” based on the findings of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Before that, she directed Presumed Guilty, a two-hour primetime PBS special about the ethical and moral dilemmas faced by the San Francisco public defenders in their quest for justice. She produced, directed and co-wrote Cause for Murder, which was commissioned by the PBS international series Wide Angle (2002). The film explores the cost of political bravery in the lives and deaths of two young Mexican lawyers, Digna Ochoa and Marigeli Tamés. In 2000 she produced and directed Brotherhood of Hate, a study of violent white supremacy, broadcast on the Showtime Networks. Brotherhood of Hate and Cause for Murder were both co-productions with The New York Times.
Yates is a co-founder of Skylight Pictures, Inc., a New York City based multimedia company committed to producing artistic, challenging and socially relevant independent documentary films on issues of human rights and the quest for justice. Through the use of film and digital technologies, the Skylight Pictures team seeks to engage, educate and increase understanding of human rights amongst the public at large and policy makers, contributing to informed decisions on issues of social change and the public good.
Producer Paco de Onís grew up in several Latin American countries and is multi-lingual (Spanish, Portuguese, English, Italian and French). His most recent production is a film and educational media project about the International Criminal Court titled The Reckoning. Prior to the ICC project, he produced State of Fear, a Skylight Pictures film about Peru’s 20-year “war on terror” based on the findings of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
De Onís has produced documentaries for PBS (On Our Own Terms with Bill Moyers), National Geographic (Secrets from the Grave), New York Times Television (Police Force, Paramedics) and MSNBC (Edgewise with John Hockenberry). He has also been a news producer for two Internet companies, The FeedRoom, a broadband news delivery site, and starmedia.com, a website focused on Latin American affairs. Previous to producing television documentaries and news reports for internet media sites, he created music festivals in South America and 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.
Editor Peter Kinoy has worked in the New York media industry as producer and editor for 25 years. Prior to The Reckoning, Kinoy’s most recent work was State of Fear, a feature-length documentary about Peru’s “war on terror” completed in January 2005. Presumed Guilty, about the role of public defenders in the U.S. criminal justice system, was broadcast nationally on PBS in the fall 2002 and presented at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival. Kinoy edited and co-wrote Cause for Murder for the PBS international series Wide Angle (2002). In 1999, he produced and edited the ITVS presentation Outriders. He also produced and edited When the Mountains Tremble, which won a Special Jury Prize at The Sundance Film Festival, and Teen Dreams (1995 Official Sundance Selection) that pioneered self- documentation with small format cameras. With Pamela Yates, Kinoy co-produced and edited Takeover (broadcast on PBS in 1991) and the 1997 Official Sundance Selection Poverty Outlaw.
Kinoy also edits a full range of commercial productions. His editing credits frequently appear on PBS documentary specials, on Nova and on programming for the BBC. He was an editor on Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekend, Trauma – Life in the ER and the Showtime documentary Brotherhood of Hate. Kinoy recently constructed video portions for The Noise of Time, an acclaimed theater piece on Dmitri Shostakovich. Kinoy has taught editing at Columbia University and at the International School of Film and Television in Cuba. He is a member of the Media College of the University of the Poor and also a member of the Writers Guild of America, East.
For more information on the Skylight Pictures team, please visit http://www.skylightpictures.com/.