Paco Arango (Writer, Director & Producer)
Francisco (Paco) Arango was born in Mexico City in 1962. He and his family moved to Spain when he was very young. He was educated in the United States (Deerfield Academy and Tufts University).
Arango became a successful solo recording artist for Sony Records in Latin America and Spain, releasing five records. In 1999 he started his own television production company. He created and wrote several shows, one of which ALA DINA became one of Spain's top-rated shows, and ran for three seasons.
In December 2011, he wrote and directed MAKTUB (a low-budget Spanish film aimed at the Spanish and Latin American market). The film was well received in Spain and garnered three nominations at the Spanish Academy (Goya) Awards; Arango as best new director, best actress Goya Toledo (winner), and best original song for "Our Beach Is You," also written by Arango.
Arango combines his passion for storytelling with a deep commitment to helping seriously ill children. The stories and lives of the children he has touched serves as a source of artistic inspiration. For the past six years he has been widely involved with children with cancer as a volunteer, primarily in the Hospital Niño Jesus in Madrid. Ten years ago he created his own foundation, Aladina (www.aladina.org), which provides volunteers, builds teen rooms in hospitals and helps fund expenses for the children and their families. In 2012, Aladina used profits from Arango's first film to build one of Europe's most advanced bone marrow transplant center in Madrid.
In 2008, Arango was elected to the Board of Directors of SeriousFun Children’s Network, founded by Paul Newman, which runs camps and programs for seriously ill children around the world.