Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017 Presented by Dollar Bank

Family First

April 14, 2013   |   posted in Filmmakers


Joey Dedio has the “greatest parents, sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephew in the world.”

But his “Tio Papi” family—all six kids and their parents and families—became his family during the film’s shooting.

The film is all about family. “It just happens to be that it’s about a Latino family, but it’s touching African-Americans, whites, rich, poor… and I think anybody can relate to that—what really matters most is family,” he says in an interview with NBC Latino.

“We are all amazingly close to this day,” he says.

Dedio stars in the film as the unmarried uncle, or tio, who “inherits” his sister’s six children after an unfortunate accident. He is also the film’s producer.

You may recognize the face, as he’s been in several TV shows, including a stint with the soap opera “Another World.”

He loves acting, but says “being the producer allows me to see a project through from beginning, middle to the end.” It also gives him “the responsibility to make sure that the finished product is something that I am very proud of” and that the message the film is trying to convey is understood by the audience.

Throughout the shooting of the film, Dedio was delighted to work with the kids. “They brought joy to the set every day,” he says. He fondly remembers the laughs during every scene.

Dedio is in the process of making “Tio Papi” into a TV series. “We … already have the first year of show ideas written,” he says. He hopes to begin shooting the pilot this year. If that happens, this acting veteran will return to TV and play the lead role in the series as well.

—Anne M. DiTeodoro

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Related Screenings:
04/13/13 @ 9:20 AM – Tio Papi
04/14/13 @ 3:45 PM – Tio Papi

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