Emmy nominated and FiVE time Telly Award winning filmmaker, Sue Vicory, was born in DeKalb, Illinois and grew up in the Midwest. Sue married Jay, her college sweetheart, in 1978. They raised 2 daughters, Tracy and Katy who are both married and they have one grandson, Miles.
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 124 year old corporation. She received an undergraduate degree from Washburn University and a Master’s Degree from Webster University in Computer Resource Management. Sue is a long time runner and has completed 3 marathons. Her other life passions are film, music, travel and anything outdoors especially if it involves water. Sue and her husband live on a Midwest farm complete with a small vineyard.
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 titled “Homelessness & the Power of One“. The film debuted in 2005, shortly after 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 throughout 15 cities across the U.S. The film screened from coast to coast as Sue spoke to dozens of groups about the experience of meeting those who were homeless. Sue screened her film at a luncheon for Steve Lopez (The Soloist) and won an emerging filmmaker grant in Los Angeles 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. Sue had original music created for the film by R&B group Bloodstone and the Hall of Fame KC Chiefs kicker Nick Lowery narrated the film and attended the premiere.
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 the students. She went on to create food and coat drives at her family business engaging local businesses to join in.
Sue’s next film took 5 years to create and finish. The feature historical documentary, “Kansas City Jazz & Blues; Past, Present & Future” debuted as a sneak peek in 2010 at the historic Gem theater on 18th & Vine in Kansas City with Marilyn Maye headlining the VIP red carpet event. The full release of the film was in 2011 as it aired on KCPT & KTWU.
On the heels of this film’s release came another short film in 2011 “1898, The W.F. Norman Story“. This 20 minute documentary 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 Worlds, casinos, celebrity homes and historic preservation projects worldwide.
Sue’s fourth film “One” a feature documentary premiered in July of 2014. One is a film about global humanity exploring our individual significance and impact within it. The film was submitted to film festivals around the world. It won a 2014 Telly Award after being on the film festival circuit. A companion book, After the Question has been written and illustrated by her daughters Tracy and Katy. In addition, a bronze statue was commissioned named “Humanity” created by Del Mar sculptress Maidy Morhous. This video “The Making of Humanity” narrates their journey. The statue was then donated and installed at J Street Overlook in Encinitas, California overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
In 2015 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 female cast and crew members 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 completed in 2014. It had its world premiere in San Diego and won 1st place in the Audience Choice Awards. The film was nominated for three awards at the San Diego film festival and won a 2015 Telly Award.
Next up Sue directed and produced the “My Power of One” web series Pilot using many of the A-list actors in San Diego. Two episodes were shot in the Spring/Summer of 2015.
“Women Documentary Filmmakers” is a website Sue created for the global visibility of women documentary filmmakers.
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 12 month tour throughout 48 states in a brand wrapped RV calling it “My Power of One 12 Acts of Kindness“. They raised thousands of dollars for a dozen community based organizations assembling Acts of Kindness in all four corners of the United States.
During the summer of 2017 Sue worked as an Associate Producer on a reality show “Win Place Show” shot in Del Mar, CA. 10 episodes of Season 1 aired on TVG and TVG1.
In 2018 Sue was a panelist during the Sundance Film Festival representing women filmmakers. She then headed to Cannes Film Festival in France to speak on a panel. Sue attended a Pre-Oscar event for women & diversity as a VIP guest.
In 2019 Sue moderated the Indie Film Showcase at Sundance Film Festival and co-produced a reality show titled, “Miracle Mob“. She Executive Produced the award winning Jump Start a Life, a 12 hour Telethon which raised $15,000 for someone in their community. Her Production team won the San Diego Trailblazer award for the successful production.
In 2021 Sue completed a feature documentary film titled “Original Jayhawker“. The film had its world premiere on October 23rd, 2021 and raised over $30,000 for a local splash park at the premiere and won a 2022 Telly award.
In the fall of 2020 Sue moderated an all female panel during the French Riviera Film Festival. She received an Industry Excellence Award at the Festivals’s awards ceremony.
Sue’s production company, Heartland Films, Inc. Executive Produced the San Diego film awards which aired on KPBS in May of 2021. She presented the My Power of One award and the Best Child Actor award. This production garnered three Emmy award nominations winning one of them.
Sue received a Lifetime Achievement award from Washburn University, her alma mater. The San Diego film awards has named the Women in Film award the “Sue Vicory Women in Film Award”.
Sue Co-Produced her first Music Video for Nashville Recording Artist Blane Howard. His song “Built to Last” is featured in her film Original Jayhawker and has won a 2022 Telly Award. Original Jayhawker will air on KTWU in 2022 as well as KC PBS. Sue Co-Produced another music video “Jane” written and sung by Stephanie Quayle which won Best Music Video at the French Riviera Film Festival. The song was written for the film She with Heartland Films, Inc. being the Executive Producer.
In March of 2022 Sue moderated an all female panel of filmmakers in Santa Monica the weekend of the Academy awards. Press release HERE. She presented Dee Wallace with a Women of Influence award on the red carpet reception.
In April of this year Sue moderated a panel of all women filmmakers for the WiFi film festival. Sue will attend the Emmy Awards in Rancho Mirage, California in June.