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Diane Estelle Vicari

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Award-winning documentarian and founder of DOCdance Productions. Producing independent documentaries that promote the advancement of our individuality and global interdependence. Currently directing & producing the feature-length documentary SHADOW MAN, on the life story of American master, musical composer and arranger Sammy Nestico. At work on an animation/VR project based on the book Behind the Secret Window, the memoir of eight years old Nelly S. Toll, as she paints her imaginary world while hidden during World War II. Most notably, Vicari produced SUGIHARA: Conspiracy of Kindness, the historical documentary broadcast nationally on PBS. Presented at the United Nations in both New York and Geneva, the film won Best Documentary at the Hollywood Film Festival and was honored with the International Documentary Association's prestigious Pare Lorentz Award. She completed ATMA DARSANA Reflection of the Soul, a tribute to the internationally acclaimed yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar, one of Time magazine's "100 most influential people of the 20th century." From 2006-2008, Vicari served as President of the International Documentary Association, [ida]. After completing a 9 years tenure on it's board, she continued her work and founded DOCClub LA -- a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to supporting & promoting documentary makers. Vicari co-founded the California Entertainment Organization, C.E.O., a lobbying organization responsible for the passage of CA state law, AB2871, protecting the rights of artists and their services. Her introduction to Los Angeles, in the late 70s, was as a haute couture designer to the stars in the music industry. She graduated from UCLA's Certificate Program in Film and Television. Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, she is fluent in French.