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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María Lasalle, Assistant Producer & Assistant Editor

is a Los Angeles based freelance video editor and 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.  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.

Adrian Lacasse, Editor, Animator & 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.

Kiara Cole, Assistant Editor & Production Assistant

is a freelance production assistant with an overall interest in post production. After a one year intensive in 2013, she graduated from Burlington College in Vermont with a certificate in film production. She then went on to graduate summa cum laude in 2016 from Emerson College in Boston, MA with a Bachelor of Art’s degree in general film production. Originally from northern Vermont, Kiara drove to Los Angeles to begin her career within the film industry. Kiara started her film education with a documentary and has since remained drawn to the genre for its ability to share otherwise unknown stories. She was an intern for LA based commercial production company, SMUGGLER, and editor for Stowe, Vermont’s first annual international Scout Film Festival. Outside the office, Kiara loves to dance and venture the coffee shops of LA.