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Three time Telly Award winning filmmaker, Sue Vicory was born in DeKalb, Illinois and grew up in the Midwest. Sue has been married to her college sweetheart Jay since 1978. They have raised 2 daughters, Tracy and Katy. She has a Masters Degree in Computer Resource Management.
Sue began working at her family’s business, W.F. Norman Corp. in Nevada, Missouri in 1987 where she is currently co-owner and VP of the business. Sue is a long time runner having completed 3 marathons. Her other life passions are film, music, travel and anything outdoors.
Since 2003 Sue’s extra time has been spent creating community based films and projects within her not for profit production company Heartland Films, Inc. Her first film was entitled “Homelessness & the Power of One“. The film debuted in 2005, shortly after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. It went on to raise $200,000 for shelters while winning numerous awards. The ten minute documentary took 3 years to make as she traveled through 15 cities across the U.S. The film screened coast to coast while Sue spoke to dozens of groups about the experience of meeting those who were homeless. Sue screened the film at a luncheon for Steve Lopez (The Soloist) and won an emerging filmmaker grant sponsored by General Motors and Women in Film. Sue won the Spirit Award in 2007 from Kansas City Women in Film & TV and the Angel Award in Harlem, NY.
The My Power of One project was born out of this first film. Sue spent 9 months in two urban high schools creating community based projects with students. She went on to create food and coat drives at her family business engaging other businesses to join in.
Sue’s next film took 5 years to complete. The feature documentary, “Kansas City Jazz & Blues; Past, Present & Future“ debuted as a sneak peek in 2010 at the Gem theater on 18th & Vine in Kansas City with Marilyn Maye headlining the red carpet event. The full release of the film was in 2011 which aired on PBS in June of 2011 and January of 2012.
On the heels of that film’s release came another short film in 2011 titled “1898, The W.F. Norman Story“. This 20 minute film tells the story of Sue’s family business which has been in continuous operation since 1898. It is a historic look at a manufacturing process that has stood the test of time while creating products for movie sets, Disney World, casinos, celebrity homes and historic preservation projects worldwide. It has been viewed over 11,000 times on digital platforms.
Sue’s fourth film “One” a feature documentary premiered in July of 2014. One is a film about global humanity with regards to our individual significance and impact within it. The film has been submitted to film festivals around the world. It has won a 2014 Telly Award and is on the film festival circuit. The companion book, After the Question has been written by her daughter Tracy and illustrated by her other daughter Katy. It is currently available on Amazon and Kindle, both in hard copy and digital download. In addition, a bronze statue was commissioned named “Humanity” created by artist Maidy Morhous. A video called “The Making of Humanity” narrates that journey. This bronze statue has been donated and installed at J Street Overview in Encinitas, California overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Sue created Team XX, an all female team of filmmakers. Team XX was the first ever all female team to enter the 48 hour San Diego film project. A team of 25 women created the film “Down Stage“. It was nominated for a San Diego film award and won a 2016 Telly award.
Sue’s short narrative film “Absent” was made in late 2014. Within 120 days she took the vision of Sariann Monaco from script to screen. The film had its world premiere in San Diego and won 1st place in the Audience Choice Awards. The film was also nominated for three awards at the San Diego film festival and won a 2015 Telly Award.
“Women Documentary Filmmakers” is a web site Sue created for the visibility of women documentary filmmakers from around the world.
Sue directed and produced an 8-part series titled “Finding Freedom Within“.
In 2016, Sue traveled with her husband and golden retriever Kacy on a 9 month tour throughout 48 states called “My Power of One 12 Acts of Kindness” That journey can be seen here: CLICK HERE
Summer of 2017 Sue worked as an Associate Producer on the reality show “Win Place Show“ shot in Del Mar, CA. 10 episodes Season 1 It aired on TVG and TVG1.
In 2018 Sue sat on a panel during the Sundance Film Festival representing women filmmakers. Sundance interview here. She then headed to Cannes Film Festival in France to speak on a panel in May. Sue also attended a Pre-Oscar event for women & diversity as a VIP guest.
In 2019 Sue moderated the Indie Film Showcase during the Sundance Film Festival. Sue and her producing partner Sariann Monaco Co-Produced a reality show titled “Miracle Mob“. In March Sue was Executive Producer for the 12-Hour Telethon, “Jump Start a Life“. The collaborative team won the Trailblazers award at the San Diego Film Week for their successful event which raised $15,000.
Sue was a jury judge for the French Riviera Film Festival in May, 2019. In the fall of 2019 Sue has begun work on a feature historical documentary film Original Jayhawker. The film expects to be complete in 2021.
Sue moderated the Indie Film Showcase in Park City during the Sundance Film Festival in 2020. She moderated 3 panels during the Cannes 2020 virtual conference. Here is the “Virtual” Third Annual Global Entertainment Showcase | Cannes 2020
She is also hosting a series of zoom round panel discussions beginning June 5th with the intention of co-creating a film school intensive for women. Watch here.
Heartland Films, Inc. is Executive Producing the feature documentary film, “She” in 2020.