SHADOW MAN The Sammy Nestico story
"A person’s music can never be more or less than they are as human being… Sammy is as great a human being as he is a musician."
- Quincy Jones
* 10 years in the making-
to be released 2016 *
IMAGINING A BETTER WORLD
The Nelly Toll story
"Imagination is more important then knowledge" – Albert Einstein
* Recipient 2014 Institute of Museum and Library Services grant *
DESTINATO PRODUCTIONS produces international independent films which highlight and promote the advancement of our individuality and global interdependence. Founder and award-winning filmmaker diane estelle Vicari is a highly intuitive and dynamic results-oriented storyteller, with a successful track record in the fast-paced entertainment industry. With expertise in all facets of production, she thrives in both independent and collaborative work environments.
Most notably, Vicari produced and co-directed the feature documentary film SUGIHARA: Conspiracy of Kindness, the historical journey of Chiune Sempo Sugihara. Presented at the United Nations in both New York and Geneva, the film aired nationally as a PBS broadcast and was honored with the International Documentary Association’s prestigious Pare Lorentz Award. Vicari directed and produced ATMA DARSANA Reflection of the Soul, a tribute to the internationally acclaimed yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar, recognized by Time magazine as “one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.”
Vicari is currently directing and producing the feature-length documentary SHADOW MAN, the life story of American master, musical composer and arranger Sammy Nestico. She is at work on an animation project IMAGINING A BETTER WORLD based on the multi-awards winning 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.
Vicari’s prior credits include the Emmy Award-winning Titanic: Death of a Dream and Titanic: The Legend Lives On, the Emmy Award-nominee The Last Days of World War II and the network television special Angels II: Beyond The Light.