diane estelle Vicari, Director / Producer

is an award-­winning filmmaker and is internationally renowned for her work in promoting the production and advancement of the documentary film genre. With her current project, IMAGINING A BETTER WORLD, The Nelly Toll Story, Vicari returns to a theme explored in her work and in her last award-winning documentary, SUGIHARA Conspiracy of Kindness ­- our human ability to triumph over any adversity. The film told the remarkable story of Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat stationed in Europe who, during World War II, risked his life by issuing illegal transit visas to Jewish refugees. It's estimated his actions saved the lives of over six thousand men, women and children! Vicari's film subsequently won the Hollywood Film Festival Award for Best Documentary and the prestigious IDA/ Pare Lorentz Award. It has also been honored by the United Nations and aired nationally on PBS.

In 2001, diane estelle, at the suggestion of her husband, music mixer Tommy Vicari, was invited to capture on camera an "historical recording" at Capitol Records in Hollywood, CA. The artist, composer and arranger was Sammy Nestico.

For seven years, this 70 years young musician began saving his money to fulfill his lifetime dream, to self-produce and record his own "big band" album. As Sammy stepped up to the podium, he transformed from his captivating yet unassuming demeanor to a powerful force to be reckoned with. Hollywood's finest performers competed for the chairs, hoping to join Sammy in "making history." In the few days that followed, magic became tangible and a new journey began. With Sammy as the leader of the band, in rhythm with his commitment and belief in Self, diane estelle began documenting the next two decades of his life. Today, at 92 years young, we are reminded daily that time is of the essence to bring SHADOW MAN, The Sammy Nestico story to fruition.

In addition to her own documentary filmmaking career, diane estelle is a champion for others with stories to tell. She's done this most notably through her extensive work with the International Documentary Association, an organization for which she served as President of the Board from 2006 to 2009. And, more recently, Vicari has extended her efforts as chair and co­founder of the 501c3, DOCClub®LA. For more information, visit:

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Tommy Vicari, Executive Producer, Music Supervisor & Scoring Mixer

A multi­-Emmy and Grammy Award recipient, is internationally recognized as one of Hollywood's finest recording engineers and music mixers. During a forty plus year career, Tommy has recorded music for every aspect of the entertainment industry. Paul Williams, Billy Preston, Gino Vannelli, Jimmy Cliff, George Duke, Jeffrey Osborne, Philip Bailey, Billy Idol, Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton, Barbara Streisand, Pino Daniele, Sammy Nestico and the latest 2015 Grammy Award winning Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, are just a few of the musicians he's teamed with.  Tommy is the Producer on Prince's debut album FOR YOU.

Some of his television credits include: Six Feet Under, The Newsroom and Angels in America. His mix for HBO's celebrated, Angels in America earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing and Behind the Candelabra, earned Vicari both an Emmy and a Cinema Audio Society Award for excellence in sound mixing. 

Tommy's work on feature films ranges from the Brian DiPalma cult classic, Phantom of the Paradise to current classic such as Pixar multi­-Academy Award™ winning nominated Finding Nemo and Wall­E.  This year, Tommy added another chapter to his credits while scoring and mixing the animated film Finding Dory. Along with longtime collaborator and composer Thomas Newman, the film Bridge of Spies earned an Academy Award® nomination. And speaking of the Academy Awards,™ for the last eighteen years,Tommy has done the live mix of the show's annual broadcast, reaching an audience of billions.  

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Christina Sun Kim, Junior Editor

grew up in Minnesota, South Korea and Texas before settling in Los Angeles, California. Moving across the world at a young age and never having a permanent home, she has been inspired to connect to people as a visual storyteller.

While studying at the University of Texas at Austin, Christina directed a short documentary, "Dreams in All Sizes," which aired nationally on the Documentary Channel. Not long after, she deepened her passion as a storyteller while editing Tattooed Under Fire, a PBS documentary about Iraq veterans and their emotional scars. She subsequently worked on a number of independent films, such as Citizen Architect and MAMITAS, as an assistant editor.

In 2014, Christina earned her M.F.A. in Film Production from the University of California, Los Angeles. In the same year, she was selected as one of six fellows to direct a short with Film Independent's Project Involve.

Since graduating, Christina has produced and edited a wide variety of short documentaries, PSA’s and social media videos in the areas of philanthropy and social justice. She is currently editing her second feature documentary, Dokdo: Lone Island, in collaboration with Austin-based director Matthew Koshmrl. 

María Lasalle, Assistant Producer & Assistant Editor

is a Los Angeles based freelance video editor and an avid aficionado for everything post related. In 2015, she graduated Emerson College in Boston, MA where she obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Visual Media Arts with a primary focus in Post Production. After interning at DreamWorks Animation during her final semester, this native Puerto Rican relocated to Los Angeles in pursuit of furthering her career in the film industry. Her experience with documentaries include an internship at Principle Pictures, a Boston-based documentary film company, where she experienced first-hand the post production process of their film, What Tomorrow Brings. Aside from her experience in documentaries, she has also delved in both TV and Feature Films as an Assistant Editor on the animated TBS Final Space and, most recently, as a VFX Editor on the film Mile 22. When she is not busy working, María enjoys anything and everything Star Wars related. She also makes time to be around the ocean as much as possible.

Kiara Cole, Production Assistant & Assistant Editor

is an Indian American who hails from Northern Vermont. She is currently the post production coordinator with 1895 Films and a freelance post assistant. She graduated first from Burlington College after a one-year intensive, then went on to graduate summa cum laude in 2016 from Emerson College in Boston with a Bachelor of Art's degree in film production. Kiara started her film education with a documentary and continues to take an active role in the genre due to its ability to uncover uncharted areas and enlighten audiences. She began her career in LA as an intern for LA based commercial production company, SMUGGLER, and has worked with SCOUT Film Festival, Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, SeeThink Films, and the University of Vermont. Outside the office, Kiara can be found dancing and drinking coffee.

Adrian Lacasse, Assistant Editor & Graphics

is a Los Angeles based film editor currently working at the children's animation studio WonderGrove and with diane estelle Vicari at DOCdance Productions. In 2013 he graduated magnacum laude from Emerson College in Boston where he studied film production and editing. After an internship in the editing room of the Frontline documentary Kind Hearted Woman, Adrian shifted his primary focus to documentary films. His recent film credits include editor on Cow Power, a documentary about renewable­energy systems in Vermont. When he's not barricaded in the editing room, Adrian enjoys writing music with friends and exploring the wilderness of California.

Cheng Jin, Production Assistant for Kickstarter Campaign & Assistant Editor

is a young, talented artist from China, currently working as cinematographer, documentary filmmaker, and still image photographer (while completing his studies). He has a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast, Television and Journalism from Communication University of China. Originally trained as a journalist, he developed an interest in observational-style documentary, which allows him to think about building a storyline while reciting fact. He presently attends Emerson College in pursuit of a Masters degree in Fine Arts. He has been a veritable godsend to this Kickstarter, and was responsible for - among other things - editing the Project Video.