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4th Annual I See You Awards® Shines the Spotlight on Documentaries

Updated: Aug 4, 2020

This year's I See You Awards® has an exciting lineup of documentaries that are not to be missed!

Check out the lineup in this year's awards program, and then be sure to get your tickets so you'll be all ready to start streaming when the festival kicks off on August 20th!

Back from the Brink

Marine Corps veteran and filmmaker Dustin Jones sets out to understand the suicide epidemic among veterans through the lens of his former comrade, Bill Kirner.

Bill’s marriage and life are threatened by PTSD. After intensive treatment, he and his wife Ashley are starting over and sharing their story with Dustin.

Monty and Rose

"Monty and Rose" tells the story of a pair of endangered piping plovers that successfully nested at Chicago's Montrose Beach in the summer of 2019, the first of the species to nest in Chicago in 64 years. The short, independent documentary chronicles these special birds and an unpredictable series of events including a proposed music festival that propelled the birds to national headlines.

"Monty and Rose" features interviews with an array of key players in the story, including biologists, birders, volunteers and the advocates who spoke out when the music festival was proposed.

Part of Me

A college student attempts to navigate his daily life while trying to coexist with the depression that has been part of him for as long as he can remember.

The Extractive Gaze

Neuro-marketers learn to read customers’ thoughts. Our sensitive genetic data go into central data banks available to insurance companies. Software now recognizes us by our gait and our typing pattern as well as world-wide facial recognition. Increasingly, marketers extract data thought to be private or personal, and use it to shape our experience. This film is not limited to straight journalistic reportage. Rather it seeks to generate curiosity and discussion regarding these matters, as well as to entertain.

The Way of Art - Making the Diego Rivera Puppet

In 2015, Matrix Theatre Company was asked by the Detroit Institute of Arts to build a giant puppet of Diego Rivera, as part of the Institute's Festival of Colors celebration held on July of that same year.

This documentary looks at the collaborative effort that went into building this puppet. Built over a period of roughly 12 days, the Diego Rivera puppet was a project of passion and hard work, requiring teamwork and troubleshooting to resolve unexpected difficulties.

This piece is an in-depth look at the work of creative artists in Detroit, and highlights the challenges and sacrifices that artists have to make in the pursuit of their passion.

Triple Take

Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) conducted Operation Triple Take in 2014 in Colombia in an unprecedented attempt to rescue sex trafficking victims in three different cities at the exact same time. The operation took months of planning and depended on the three stings taking place simultaneously so one wouldn't ruin another. It was, and still is, the biggest operation O.U.R. has ever conducted and led to the rescue of 123 victims and the arrest of 12 traffickers. See the days leading up to the operations, watch as the missions unfold in Cartagena, Armenia and Medellín on the same day, and learn what happened after the largest child sex trafficking rescue in history.


This film and song were inspired by the filmmaker’s deep personal relationships with people whose lives were devastated by the contamination of Flint, Michigan's municipal water supply. Even if you think you already know enough about the Flint water saga, this film will provide the kind of intimate story that you won't find elsewhere. Featuring the song "Water" performed by the filmmaker and Flint Community Gospel Choir Albert Strickland and Cho'Zen.

What Happened to Henry?

The first African American drum major of a major university marching band disappeared in 1973 and hasn't been found since.

Ticket Information!

Tickets to the I See You Awards® virtual film festival are now on sale on our site on! So, why not get your's today so you'll be all set when the festival opens on August 20th!

And remember, since the screenings are all online, you'll have the opportunity to watch the films anytime at your convenience, starting at 12:00 midnight on August 20th, through 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 27th (all times EST)!

Tickets are available by clicking here!

The 4th Annual I See You Awards® are sponsored by the Michigan Film & Digital Media Office, Emagine Entertainment, Final Draft, Paramount, and WWJ Newsradio 950, with additional partners Randazzo Formal Wear, The Lee Group, ES Communications Agency and Casey Sign Company.

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