ABOUT FIXING PACO
MNITF created and produced Fixing Paco, an innovative telenovela-style digital series, in order to provide culturally relevant educational information on organ transplantation to Latinos and those suffering from end-stage renal disease (ESRD). With help from a generous grant by the UniHealth Foundation, Fixing Paco was shot in both English and Spanish and follows the fictional Fuentes family’s triumph in battling kidney failure—a battle many Latino families face.
A STORY OF FAMILY, BIG DECISIONS, AND SECOND CHANCES
PACO FUENTES is a man with a full life. As a loving husband, father of four, and a handyman with a thriving business, Paco’s motto is always, “You broke it. I fix it!” But when his health begins to decline due to kidney failure, Paco must confront the disease that will change his life, and finally accept that he is now the one who needs to be fixed. Following the Fuentes family’s very real trials and tribulations in dealing with Paco’s illness, each episode of Fixing Paco educates dialysis patients and their families about the treatment option of kidney transplantation, living donation, and being proactive in healthcare. Shot in English and Spanish, Fixing Paco is a groundbreaking series that cuts through language barriers, delivering a message of hope, as Paco triumphs in battling his disease and learns to live again.
PAUL RODRIGUEZ appears as Paco Fuentes. Paul is a renowned stand-up comedian and actor whose film credits include D.C. Cab, Born in East L.A., Tortilla Soup, Rat Race, and Ali.
MARABINA JAIMES appears as Carmencita Fuentes, Paco’s wife. Marabina is an Emmy-winning host (PBS’s Storytime!) and actress whose TV and film credits include Two Feet In, SMILF, Criminal Minds, and Coco.
GLORIA GARAYUA appears as Margie Fuentes, Paco and Carmencita’s daughter. Gloria's TV credits include Reckoning, The Good Doctor, Criminal Minds, and NCIS: Los Angeles.
CHRISTIAN CHAVEZ appears as Daniel Fuentes, one of Paco and Carmencita’s sons. Christian is a Latin Grammy nominee as part of the band RBD, one of the most popular music acts in Latin America. His TV credits include Loli’s Luck, Run Coyote Run, and The House of Flowers.
SOLEDAD ST. HILAIRE appears as Tia Julia, Paco’s aunt. Soledad's TV and film credits include Dead to Me, Modern Family, and Real Women Have Curves.
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
2013 People’s Telly Silver Award
2012 Reel Rasquache Film Festival, Best Webisode Award
2014 IMAGEN Awards, Best Webseries, Drama, nominee
2014 IMAGEN Awards, Best Webseries, Reality or Informational, nominee
2014 IMAGEN Awards, Best Webseries, Comedy, nominee
2013 IMAGEN Awards, Best Webseries, Drama, nominee
2013 Reel Rasquache Film Festival, Fixing Paco: Changing Lives, Best Short-Form Documentary, nominee
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