Sue Vicory: Three time Telly Award winning filmmaker

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Three time Telly Award winning filmmaker, Sue Vicory was born in DeKalb, Illinois and grew up in the Midwest.  Sue and her husband of 39 years have raised two daughters and are now first time grandparents. She began working at her family business, W.F. Norman Corp. in Nevada, Missouri in 1987 where she continues as co-owner and CFO. She received 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. Since 2003 Sue has been 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 Katrina hit New Orleans. It raised $200,000 for shelters, won numerous awards and screened from coast to coast.  The ten-minute documentary took 3 years to make as she traveled to 15 cities across the U.S. 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. She served on the Board of Directors of KC Women in Film & TV for five years.

Sue's next film took 5 years to complete. This 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 VIP red carpet event.  The full release of the film was in 2011 as it aired on PBS in June of 2011 and January of 2012. On the heels of that film's release came another short film titled "1898, The W.F. Norman story". The 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.

Sue's fourth film "One” a feature documentary film premiered in July of 2014. One is a film about global humanity. It won a 2014 Telly Award.  She then published a companion book, After the Question, which was written and illustrated by her daughters. Sue also commissioned a bronze statue named Humanity by artist Maidy Morhous. A video called "The Making of Humanity" narrates that journey. 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 women created the film "Down Stage". It was nominated for the Spirit of San Diego award and won a 2016 Telly award. Sue's short narrative film "Absent" was made in late 2014. Absent had its world premiere in San Diego and won 1st place in the Audience Choice Awards. The film was then 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 global visibility of women documentary filmmakers. In 2016, Sue traveled with her husband and golden retriever on a 12 month 30,000 mile tour through 48 states called "My Power of One 12 Acts of Kindness" promoting her brand My Power of One. The summer of 2017 Sue served as Associate Producer for the reality show Win Place Show.  Season 1 aired in the fall of 2017 on TVG and TVG2. For the past 3 years Sue has been Co-Producer of the San Diego film awards. She is a presenter and judge for the awards. Sue has been an Emmy judge for the past 6 years and she is a member of the LA based Alliance of Women Directors.

What do I do best?

What I do best is inspire others to step into their best, most inspired life.

What makes me the best version of myself?

Lack of fear and love for adventure allows me to maximize this life experience.

What are my aspirations?

I generally don’t aspire or advise others to aspire because that puts it in future tense. I’m a giddy up and go girl, which puts everything I do in the present tense. If there is something I vision then I step into it with full-fledged action.

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My Biggest Success?

Without a doubt my biggest success is my relationship with my husband of 40 years and our grown children and new grandson. I do not take those relationships for granted. Career is secondary to my family.  

My Most Challenging Moment?

Honestly I can’t think of one. I see everything as relative.

My Motto?

Be here now. I live in the present as close to 100% as possible.

My Favorite People/Role Models?

I favor innovators and out of the box thinkers. Katherine Hepburn is my favorite actress for reasons unknown.

My Favorite Places/Destinations?

I travel extensively around the world, as it’s one of my passions. I’m born and raised in the Midwest so I love the Heartland through and through.

My Favorite Products/Objects?

I’m an apple girl and a techno nerd. I travel with an IPad, IPhone and Macbook Pro and often use them simultaneously.

My Current Passions?

I’m passionate about ice cream oddly enough. Everyone knows that about me.