Today we’d like to introduce you to Sue Vicory.
Sue, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
At 48, I asked myself “who do I want to be the 2nd half of my life?” Within one hour I was signed up to film school in NYC. My first film took three years to make. “Homelessness & The Power of One” premiered in 2005 days after Katrina hit New Orleans.
It went on to raise $200,000 for shelters and screened across the U.S. My 2nd film, a feature documentary titled “Kansas City Jazz & Blues; Past, Present & Future” took five years to make and ended up on PBS. Each new project I take on has a significant learning curve which is exactly what I want. In the beginning, I created a not for profit production company, Heartland Films, Inc. which has served all my projects extremely well.
We moved from the Midwest to Southern California in 2011 which brought me to the hub of filmmaking. I’ve been a member of the Alliance of Women Directors for many years and have now spoken at both Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival on panels for independent filmmakers. The adventure continues. This year alone I have five new projects I’m currently involved in. I love the adventure.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road is as smooth as I intend it to be and as smooth was my words allow it to be. The only hurtles are, and those are just made up stories that I know how to retell as needed.
I’m very particular about the words that I choose to light my way. I understand that I co-create my existence and with that in mind, I make sure it allows for lots of learning and lots of joy.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Heartland Films – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I actually have several business ventures. I guess that makes me a serial entrepreneur.
I’ve been CFO of my family’s business since my father died in 1987. This business, located in the Midwest is 121 years old this year. My Mother still works full time there at 87.
My Production company, Heartland Films, Inc. was created in 2003 to house my films and projects with the specific goal of creating content that inspires and educates its audience.
As if I needed more I created an LLC My Power of One in 2004. This business is an inspirational brand of clothing and misc items which empowers others to create kindness in the world through acts of kindness.
My husband, golden retriever and I took a 48 state tour in 2016 in a brand wrapped RV and completed 12 Acts of Kindness around the country. What I’m most proud of is my ability to take life on as an adventure and never look back.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
My plans for the future are more of the same. Using my voice to serve others in a positive way leaving humanity all the better for it. I am a visual storyteller by nature which makes filmmaking a perfect vehicle for this trait. We travel extensively for that reason.
We have a grandson now and a daughter getting married this year. My husband of 40+ years and I just enjoy our life and give back to others along the way.
- Website: www.suevicory.com, www.womendocumentaryfilmmakers.com,
- Phone: 913-449-5861
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/suevicory
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/susan.vicory