Kansas City Filmmaker Just Won an Emmy. A Hollywood Producer Has Big Plans for Her Now.


When Sharon Liese says she’s “having quite the ride this year,” she isn’t kidding.

The Overland Park filmmaker won an Emmy Award last week for “The Flagmakers,” which she produced and co-directed with Academy Award-winner Cynthia Wade for National Geographic Documentary Films. She even gave an acceptance speech during the News and Documentary Emmy Awards ceremony Sept. 28 at the Palladium Times Square in New York City.

The category for Outstanding Short Documentary (40 minutes or less) was announced near the end of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awards (a separate event from the prime-time Emmy Awards, which were postponed because of the actors strike).