the film: the producers

diane estelle Vicari
Producer, Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness

Filmmaker diane estelle Vicari is an award-winning documentarian who has produced numerous films highlighting humanitarian causes and social change.

After extensive study on World War II and the Holocaust, she joined Survivors of the Shoah Foundation in supporting their mission of documenting precious eyewitness accounts of the Holocaust.

Her 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 (NBC). Under the direction of Stan Margulies, she directed and produced a short documentary presented to First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, which served as a fundraising tool for the Iris Cantor Center for Breast Imaging in Los Angeles.

Previously, Vicari produced Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness as a feature-length historical documentary, which was presented at the United Nations in New York and in Geneva in summer 2000. The film won Best Documentary 2000 at the Hollywood Film Festival and was the prestigious 2000 International Documentary Association/PARE LORENTZ Award winner. Sugihara was an official selection of the 2002 UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival). It is scheduled to air on PBS May 5, 2005 (check local listings). Vicari is currently at work on a Holocaust-related project based on the book Behind the Secret Window, by Nelly S. Toll, a memoir of a hidden childhood during World War II.

Vicari is founder of DOCdance Productions, a documentary company who's primary goal is to produce international independent documentaries which promote the advancement of our individuality and our global interdependence.

She is currently traveling to Tibet, documenting One H.E.A.R.T., the story of an American team of doctors, unsung heroes of compassion who are empowering and saving women and children of Tibet. She is also producing a feature-length documentary on the life story of the American master musical arranger Sammy Nestico. She just completed a tribute to the internationally acclaimed yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar.

In 1992, Vicari co-founded the California Entertainment Organization, C.E.O., a lobbying organization responsible for the passage of California Assembly Bill AB2871, a new law protecting the rights of artists to freely provide their services. She currently serves as president of the International Documentary Association.

Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Vicari is a graduate of UCLA Film School in Los Angeles.

Rob Kirk
Director, Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness

Robert Kirk, an Emmy Award-winning producer/director with over 20 years of television, feature film and interactive experience, is the co-founder of Digital Ranch Productions in Los Angeles.

Kirk is the executive producer of the popular History Channel series Mail Call. He is the co-creator and executive producer of Dangerous Missions, also for The History Channel, and co-created Weapons at War, a critically acclaimed 65-hour series for the A&E Network.

He was nominated, along with his partner, Rob Lihani, for an Emmy for his three-hour special, The Last Days of World War II, and received an Emmy for his special, Remembering World War II: Pearl Harbor. He produced and directed both programs.

Kirk is currently producing and directing a two-hour special on the Ottoman Empire for The History Channel.

Kirk's other work includes 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), Sink the Bismarck (A&E) and Russell Simmons Presents: Hip Hop Justice (Court TV).