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 - the 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 nationallyon PBS.
Just as extraordinary, if not more so, is the subject of Vicari's current film, IMAGINING A BETTER WORLD, The Nelly Toll Story. The film will document the life and achievements of this remarkable woman who, surviving a devastating childhood in Nazi occupied Poland, emerged from the darkness as an artist, writer and later a therapist, mother and much more.
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 Doc-umentary 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, see: dianeestellevicari.com
Adrian Lacasse, Editor / Graphics / Technical Support, 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 documentarry 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
Robert Kirk, Director / Producer, is an Emmy Award winning producer /director with over 30 years of television, feature film, commercial and interactive media experience. A CoFounder of Digital Ranch Productions and Texture, Inc. he’s served as Executive Producer on numerous shows including the popular History Channel series: Mail Call, Dogfights and Shifting Gears and the truTv series, Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice.
In 2000, the feature documentary he produced with diane estelle Vicari, Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness, was named that year's Best Documentary by the Hollywood Film Festival and aired nationally on PBS. Kirk has received an Emmy for his special, Remembering World War II: Pearl Harbor and was Emmy nominated for the three hour special, The Last Days of World War II. He produced and directed both shows.
Other major credits include: Executive Producing the Discovery Channel shows, James Ellroy's LA: City Of Demons, Out Of Egypt and Combat Cash; Animal Planet's Animal Armageddon, and the 3net series, Dark Secrets, in 3D. He co-created and Executive Produced the History Channel’s, Dangerous Missions and Produced and Directed the acclaimed A&E series, Weapons at War, hosted by George C. Scott. He also Produced and Directed Angels: The Mysterious Messengers (NBC,) Robert Redford and Sydney Pollack: The Men and Their Movies (NBC), Making of a Model (ABC), Sightings (FOX), Robots (A&E), Top Speed (History) and Sink the Bismarck (A&E) as well as the feature films, Kid Colter and Destroyer starring Anthony Perkins.
Kirk’s talents also extend to the digital world where he’s produced numerous interactive projects including the San Diego Zoo Children's iPad App: Baby Panda's New Home and the renowned interactive CDRom, Nine Worlds with Patrick Stewart.
María Lasalle, Assistant Editor / Assistant Producer, 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. She was also recently a Feature Post Production Intern at DreamWorks Animation. 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, 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, she drove to Los Angeles to begin her career within the film industry. She 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.
Karen Hori, Producer, is a producer and production executive with Langley Productions, the company behind the long-running documentary series “COPS.” In that capacity, she has served as Co-Executive Producer, Supervising Producer and/or Executive in Charge of Production on several non-fiction series for various networks including Fox, Court TV, tru TV, Spike, CMT and MNTV. In 2014, she co-produced the award-winning feature doc, "Limited Partnership" for ITVS/PBS, about the first gay married couple to sue the federal government seeking equal treatment for a same sex marriage in US history. Prior to joining Langley, Karen was a producer for entertainment news magazine shows “Personalities” and “Entertainment Daily Journal,” and production manager for feature documentary “Marilyn: Something’s Got to Give.” She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Documentary Association.
Mike Herbick, Sound Supervisor / Rerecording Mixer, is a multiple Academy Award nominated rerecording mixer for films ranging from Batman Forever toThe Shawshank Redemption. He has five Oscar nominations in all.
He is an Emmy winner (Lonesome Dove), a CAS Award winner and British Academy Award winner for The Fugitive and is credited on close to one hundred film and TV productions.
Mike started in the entertainment industry in Chicago working for Ken Nordine before moving to Marin County California and working in the record industry at The Record Plant Studios and then at Fantasy Studios inBerkeley. There, he worked with artists such as Neil Young, Country Joe McDonald and George Duke, among others.
Besides mixing and producing albums for Country Joe, Mike also went on tour as the drummer in Joe's band. From working for the creator of "Word Jazz" -Nordine - to touring with Country Joe McDonald to mixing movies with budgets in excess of $100 million, Mike has acquired a wide range of experience in film, TV and music.
Andreas Kronenberg, Creative Director-Animation, is an Award-Winning Computer Animation and Motion graphics Creative Director. Owner of Kronenberg VFX, a graphic design studio that specializes in motion graphics for the broadcast industry that creates everything from CGI, Compositing, Title Sequences to Visual Effects. Andreas is a well known as a master of creating remarkable animation using Adobe After Effects. Andreas has collaborated with Robert Kirk on numerous projects including, the Discovery Channel series Out of Egypt, and he also created the first animations of Nelly Toll’s paintings used in the video segments of Massillon Museum’s traveling exhibition. Andreas’ client list includes Digital Ranch Productions, Discovery Channel, History Channel, Animal Planet, Harvest Moon Studio, IDA, National Geographic Channel as well as companies ranging from General Atomics to Four Seasons Hotels.