Title/Occupation: Director  Producer  Programmer
Services Provided: Media Arts Organization
Citizenship: Canadian, USA Permanent Resident
Languages Spoken: French, English
Biography: Award-winning filmmaker who produces international independent films, highlighting and promoting the advancement of our individuality and global interdependence. Born a storyteller, I am a highly creative, intuitive and dynamic results-oriented filmmaker, with a successful track record in the fast-paced entertainment industry. Hands-on producer with expertise in all facets of production, I thrive in both independent and collaborative work environments.
FILM CREDITS 1994- 2012
•ETGAR 36 - The Journey SERIES (TBA) Director/Producer PK & Friends Productions
•SHADOW MAN, FEATURE Director/Producer V.S.O./Destinato Productions
The Sammy Nestico Story Addt’l Photography Currently in post-production
•THE NATION'S FAVOURITE ITV SPECIAL Segment Producer SHIVER PRODUCTIONS, UK
BEE GEES SONG
•SUNSHINE PROFITS, CORPORATE Director/Producer SUNSHINE PROFITS, POLAND
Tools for Investments WEB TESTIMONIALS
•THE LOST BOYS OF SUDAN FUNDRAISING Co-Director/Producer M.A.C. 501(c)3,
10 YEARS LATER TRAILER Mothering Across Continents
•BECOMING BERT STERN FEATURE Co-Executive Producer Magic Films Productions
•ATMA DARSANA, FEATURE Director/Producer Iyengar Yoga National Institute of Reflection of the soul B.K.S. Iyengar INDIA, IYNAUS online
•ANGELS IN THE DUST FEATURE Consulting Producer Participant Media
DO UBUNTU Orphan Bracelet Campaign Dream Out Loud Films
•SUGIHARA FEATURE Co-Director/Producer PBS, WGBH International,
Conspiracy of Kindness Dentsu Japan/Creative Production Group
•ONE H.E.A.R.T. SHORTS Director/Producer N.G.O., ONE H.E.A.R.T,
Fundraising & Educational Photography Lhasa Tibet
•THE LAST DAY OF WWII 3 hr SERIES Clearance Supervisor A&E Network/Digital Ranch,
•Steven Spielberg’s SURVIVORS OF ARCHIVE Interviewer SHOAH FOUNDATION
THE SHOAH Visual History Foundation
•ANGELS II BEYOND THE LIGHT 2 hr SPECIAL Production Manager NBC Special/Greystone
Additional Photography Communication
•TITANIC: DEATH OF A DREAM & Post Prod. Coordination A&E Network/Greystone
THE LEGEND LIVES ON 4 hr SPECIAL & Clearance Communication
•THE EAGLES IN THE KEY: 20th COMMEMORATIVE SACRED JOURNEY OF THE FIRST PEOPLE
CONFERENCE UNITED NATIONS, GENEVA Co-Producer & Photography
•SCREEN & SAVE A LIFE SHORT Director/Producer The Iris Cantor Foundation/
Fundraising & Educationan Stan Margulies Productions
OTHER PROVEN AREAS OF EXPERTISE INCLUDE:
•2008 - Current, Co-founder, chair & programmer DOCClub®LA; a 501(c) 3
Bi-Monthly gathering connecting a community of documentary aficionados directly to the films
and their makers. Provide support to the filmmakers while increasing public appreciation and demand for the genre.
•2006 - 2008, President International Documentary Association, IDA, 501(c) 3
Responsible for the fiscal viability of the organization and acted as the liaison between the Trustees and the
Board of Directors. Directed the creation and implementation of innovative programming while overseeing Ida’s transition to an international web presence, which directly resulted in an increase in membership and funding. Chaired numerous screenings committees, including the annual DocuWeek™ Theatrical Documentary Showcase; exhibition of features and shorts documentaries for Academy Award® consideration. Produced annual fundraising galas and events while successfully establishing an international community support. Mentoring of filmmakers from inception to fundraising, production through marketing.
•2000 - 2009, IDA Board of Directors Member
•2000 - current, Participate in international markets, films festivals, as a filmmaker, member of panels, jury panels, promoting the advancement of the non-fiction genre.
PUBLICATION: Documentary Magazine, monthly 2006–2008, http://www.documentary.org/users/dianeestelle
ASSOCIATIONS/ADVOCACY WORK •Endorsing and lobbying on the issues of “Best Practices on Fair Use” and supporting Fair Use expansion in Europe.
•Worked with the US Copyright office in educating members of the 109th Congress House of Representatives and made recommendations as a filmmaker, to support Bill H.R. 5439 “The Orphan Works Act of 2006”.
•1980-1983 Co-founded the California Entertainment Organization, C.E.O., a lobbying organization responsible for the passage of CA state law, protecting the rights of artists’ services.
Certificate Program Media Composer Editing, 1997, Moviola Digital, Los Angeles
Certificate Program in Film, Television and Video, 1994, University of California, Los Angeles
Training Program in Holocaust Documentation, 1994, Shoah Visual History Foundation, Los Angeles
Certificate Self-Analysis Study, 1989, Society for Evolving the Self-Matrix, Los Angeles
Certificate Costume Design, 1986, University of California, Los Angeles
Specialized Fashion Design, 1978, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles
Specialized Degree in Haute Couture, 1977, L’Ecole de Haute Couture de Paris
Associate Degree in Art, 1975, College de Valleyfield, P.Q., Canada
MEMBERSHIP: EDN, A FA©E, Association for Fair Audiovisual Copyright in Europe, IDA
SKILLS: Proficient in QUICKBOOKS, EP Budgeting –
Fluent in French, U.S.A. Resident, Canadian Citizenship
REFERENCE: Available upon request.