The Story of One Movement


Occurred on Tuesday, 14 January 2020


Guest Speaker: Sue Vicory


Original event synopsis

Documentary films have the power to inspire and motivate an audience. One person can use the tool to have a significant impact. Come hear Sue Vicory tell of her experience with the genre and how documentaries can fit into your personal and career goals.

About Our Speaker:

Three time Telly Award winning filmmaker, Sue Vicory began working at her family's architectural tin business but since 2003 her heart has been focused on creating community based films and projects within her not-for-profit production company Heartland Films, Inc. Her first film, Homelessness & the Power of One debuted in 2005, shortly after Katrina hit New Orleans. It went on to raise $200,000 for shelters while winning numerous awards and won Sue 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.

Since then she has produced many more documentaries shedding light on several causes and bits of history. See her IMDB page for more details. She has also authored a book and created a web series.

Sue created Team XX, 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 won a 2016 Telly award. She created WomenDocumentaryFilmmakers.com for the visibility of women documentary filmmakers from around the world.

She has also been a panelist at the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals and been a VIP guest at a Pre-Oscar event for women & diversity. She moderated the Indie Film Showcase at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Sue has been a judge for both the Regional and National Emmys. She is a member of the Alliance of Women Directors based in LA.

Sue has several other projects in the works. It is hard to find someone with such a diverse body of documentary experience.


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