Sue Marx Films was founded in Detroit in 1980 and has its roots deeply planted in the Detroit community. Documentary films are our specialty. Most of our stories are told by real people in their own words and for commercials, that means great testimonials! But, we also write scripts and produce films which are narrated, both on and off camera, by local talent as well as celebrities including Bob Hope, Paul Newman, Julie Harris, Hugh Downs, James Earl Jones, Jeff Daniels and Tim Allen. A large number of our productions have been broadcast on local, national and international television and are in worldwide distribution.

For many years, we’ve educated and motivated our audiences. We’ve made them laugh, cry, think, think twice, vote, be proud, understand issues and help those in need. In addition to winning an Academy Award in 1987 for Best Short Documentary, “Young at Heart,” we’ve won numerous awards for our work . Our marketing, political, educational and fundraising videos have hit the mark for every client we’ve worked with. Many of our DVD’s are seen by targeted audiences that our clients wish to reach such as businesses, business leaders, and legislative bodies. We also produce streaming videos for client websites.

As you will discover in our chronological film list, our productions represent a wide range of subjects and a variety of clients. Here are some examples. For General Motors and the National Bone-Marrow Transplant Link, we produced an award-winning educational film called “The New Normal” with inspiring stories told by people who have had successful bone-marrow transplants. For the Metro Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau, we produced widely broadcast and Emmy Award-winning music videos and television spots promoting Metropolitan Detroit, Super Bowl XL, and other events. We’ve also written and produced a series of commercials for both The Skillman Foundation and The Taubman Company. For both the Detroit Zoo and the Cranbrook Educational Community, we’ve written and produced a series of educational and promotional films, many of which are narrated by celebrities with Michigan connections. The 10 films we produced for the Detroit Zoo are seen daily in the movie theatre at the zoo. We’ve covered topics such as competitive swimming in “Watermark”, teen-pregnancy in “Talkin’ About It”, and HIV/AIDS in “Tammy Bocomino Talks with Teens”, a live studio show with experts and teens for ABC/ WXYZ-TV. For Children’s Hospital of Michigan, we created “The Relaxation Station” and “Soothe Yourself” with a few simple exercises and magnificent scenes of nature and wildlife which help children and adults relax.  We’ve also produced numerous television spots, campaign films and TV programs for political candidates such as former Detroit Mayor Coleman A. Young and Mayor Dennis W. Archer.
That’s a small sample of what we’ve done.

Sue's Story

Sue Marx, Producer/ Writer/ Photographer/ Director, received her B.A. from Indiana University and her M.A. from Wayne State University. Early in her career, she taught high school, did social research, was a photojournalist and became the television producer of the long running, weekly prime time series, “Profiles in Black” for Channel 4 in Detroit. Sue Marx Films has produced a wide variety of award-winning films and videos. Marx, who has had a distinguished career in the Detroit area, is the guiding creative force who develops close connections between clients and their stories. She is a voting member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and serves on The Michigan Film Office Advisory Council (MFOAC).View Sue Marx Bio Reel, Produced for NATAS Silver Circle Award 2003.

Clients & Supporters

- Alzheimer’s Association
- American Institute of Architects
- American Public Television
- Ameritech
- Dennis W. Archer for Supreme Court
- Dennis W. Archer for Mayor
- AKP Media
- Art in the Stations Commission
- Arts Foundation of Michigan
- Avance Communications Inc
- Axelrod & Associates
- Bassett & Bassett, Inc.
- Batesville Casket Company
- Berman Center for Animal Welfare
- Brass Ring Productions
- Brogan & Partners
- C & S Engineering
- Carew International
- Children’s Hospital of Michigan
- Coleman Young for Mayor Campaign
- Cognos Advertising
- Concerned Citizens for the Arts in Michigan
- Conservation International
- Consumer’s Energy
- City of Detroit Detroit
- Community & Economic Development Dept.
- Detroit Department of Public Information
- Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
- Detroit Transportation Corporation
- Cranbrook Educational Community
- Detroit 300
- Detroit Community Music School
- Detroit Institute of Arts
- Detroit Medical Center
- Detroit People Mover
- Detroit Public Schools
- Detroit Symphony Orchestra
- Detroit Receiving Hospital & University Health Center
- Detroit Riverfront Conservancy
- Detroit Zoological Institute
- Detroit Zoological Society
- Doner
- Envotech
- Events Marketing
- Foamade Industries
- Ford Motor Company Fund
- General Motors
- Harper Hospital
- Hutzel Hospital
- Henry Ford Museum
- Freman Hendrix for Mayor Committee
- Jay Alix & Associates
- Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
- Jewish Vocational Services
- Kadima
- Life Directions, Inc.
- Lovio/George, Inc.
- Little Caesars International
- Medcalm
- Metropolitan Detroit Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Oakland County Friend of the Court
- State of Michigan
- Michigan Commission on Art in Public Places
- Michigan Child Care Clearinghouse
- Michigan Department of Commerce
- Michigan Department of Education
- Michigan Department of Health
- Michigan Council for the Arts Michigan
- Model for Comprehensive Health
- Michigan Sesquicentennial Commission
- Michigan Youth Corps
- Michigan Democratic Party
- Michigan State Bar Association
- Michigan State University
- Michigan Partnership for New Education
- Michigan Women’s Foundation
- Morgan Stanley – Dean Witter
- National Bank of Detroit
- National Bone Marrow Transplant Link
- National Geographic Television
- Purple Rose Theatre Company
- Smith – Barney
- State Bar of Michigan
- Stone & August Advertising
- Superbowl XL Committee
- The Taubman Company
- Tourism Economic Development Council
- Traverse City Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Urban Transportation Development Corp., Ltd.
- Waste Management, Inc.
- Wayne County Airport
- Wayne State University
- Wayne County Executive Offices
- Wayne County Retirement Office
- WQBH Radio