CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

Last year Dedio's **Tio Papi** was an award winner at the **27th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.**
Dedio has the title role in **Tio Papi,** a film he cowrote with Brian Herskowitz. **Tio Papi** is Ray Ray, a bachelor saddled with his late sister's six kids, ages preschool through high school. Not equipped to handle such a diverse brood, Ray Ray makes arrangements with a social worker (Kelly McGillis) to find foster homes for his nieces and nephews. While his housewife skills need improvement, Ray Ray and his family become closer together. Unfortunatley, the social worker thinks otherwise and seeks to take the children away from their **Tio Papi.**
With a contemporary issues, **Tio Papi** is a family drama with humor. A career workaholic, Ray Ray slowly adapts to his new life as a father of six. The kids are cute, but being kids - the young ones often create mischief for our leading man. There is also love & romance for young adults and older people who should know better.
There are negotiations to bring **Tio Papi** to Miami as a television series. Given the loss of revenue with the cancellation of **The Glades** and **Magic City,** this is welcome news for seasoned production crews in South Florida. With a four decade career in the motion picture industry that began with **ABC Afterschool Specials,** Dedio seems to be at the right place at the right time;

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