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Announcing the 2022 Official Selections and Nominations!



Thank you to all the screenwriters and filmmakers who submitted their projects into the 2022 I See You Awards®! We see you and we're looking forward to recognizing and rewarding your accomplishments!


To everyone who sees their name and/or their project(s) on this list, we salute you! We know the challenges that independent filmmakers are faced with trying to bring their projects to fruition. So now that the work is done, it’s time to celebrate all that you’ve accomplished! Here are the 2022 I See You Awards® official selections and individual nominees!

Official Selections – Student Films


Caller 45

Writer: JC Carroll


Producers: JC Carroll and Shania Henderson


Director: JC Carroll


Synopsis: After overhearing a murder on the other end of a phone call Mark must face his own past as well as dive into the mystery unfolding in front of him.



EYE ROBOT

Writer: Noah Harrison


Producers: Scott A. Galeski, Steve Kopera, Calvin Johns, Steve Sholtes and Jamie Latendresse


Director: Elina Villemure


Synopsis: A robot experiences human emotion.










Human Race Ism

Writer: Kya Garner-Minnick and Romeo Keyser


Producers: Scott A. Galeski, Steve Sholtes, Noel Galeski and Calvin Johns


Director: Elina Villemure


Synopsis: A teenager stationed on Mars with his family gets a lesson in racism.



Major Tom

Writers: Students of the Downriver Detroit Student Film Consortium


Producers: Scott A. Galeski, Steve Sholtes, Calvin Johns, Anthony Rizzo, Joey Dagda and Joseph Crowley Jr.

Director: Kya Garner-Minnick


Synopsis: A young teen (Thomas) who tries to stay away from the dangers of a rough life, imagines he is an astronaut to escape his reality. But the more he struggles on earth, he finds himself lost in outer space.







Merry Go Round

Writer/Producer/Director: Kara M. Canton


Synopsis: Triggered by a stranger's tragedy, a married couple embarks on an emotional journey, only to realize they've traveled this path before.












The Things I Miss

Writer/Director: Kevin R. Thompson


Producer: Zoe Taylor


Synopsis: The Things I Miss is a short film about the stories we tell ourselves to get over lost love, the objects that are left behind, and the roles that we play in everyday life. The story revolves around Leah as she meets Duncan to sell a diamond engagement ring, but what exactly is it that Leah is trying to sell him?







ubuntu

Writer/Director: Konner Turner


Producers: Scott A. Galeski, Calvin Johns, Steve Sholtes and Lisa Joy Adams


Synopsis: A philosophy defined by 6th grade student Konner Turner of the Downriver Detroit Student Film Consortium.


Individual Nominees – Student Films


Best Director

Kara M. Canton, Merry Go Round

JC Carroll, Caller 45

Kya Garner-Minnick, Major Tom

Kevin R. Thompson, The Things I Miss

Konner Turner, ubuntu


Best Lead Actor Nominees

Paul Dewdney, The Things I Miss

Romeo Keyser, Major Tom

Don Knill, Merry Go Round

Dryden Zurawski, Caller 45


Best Supporting Actor Nominees

William Pierson Orville, Caller 45

Connor Rajan, Caller 45

Oliver Silver, The Things I Miss


Best Lead Actress Nominees

Sian Altman, The Things I Miss

Nicole Marie Hunt, Merry Go Round


Best Cast

Caller 45

Merry Go Round

The Things I Miss

ubuntu


Best Original Screenplay

Kara M. Canton, Merry Go Round

JC Carroll, Caller 45

Kya Garner-Minnick, Human Race Ism

Noah Harrison, Eye Robot

Students of the Downriver Detroit Student Film Consortium

Kevin R. Thompson, The Things I Miss

Konner Turner, ubuntu


Best Editing

Eye Robot

Calvin Johns, Major Tom

Kevin R. Thompson, The Things I Miss


Best Sound Design

JC Carroll and Shania Henderson, Caller 45

Major Tom


Best Cinematography

Kya Garner-Minnick, Eye Robot

Calvin Johns, Major Tom

Calvin Johns, ubuntu


Best Picture

Caller 45

Major Tom

The Things I Miss

ubuntu


Hottest Up-and-Coming Actor (Student Films)

Romeo Keyser, Human Race Ism

Romeo Keyser, Major Tom

Connor Rajan, Caller 45

Dryden Zurawski, Caller 45


Official Selections – Michigan Made Films – Shorts



Firstborn

Writer/Producer/Director: Thomas Butcher


Synopsis: A decision made in a moment of despair leads to further agony down the wooded path. In this dark twist of an old fairy tale, love is only a reason for the darkness to prevail.
















March 2020

Producer/Director: Doug McCloskey


Synopsis: A visual essay shot during the COVID-19 lockdown of 2020.







New Beginnings

Writer: Timothy Briody


Producer: Tom Fugedi


Director: Maurizio Dominguez


Synopsis: After experiencing a difficult loss, an orphaned girl and her uncle try to mend their strained relationship.











Why I Hate My Job

Writer: Kelechi Ukachukwu


Producer: XV Media Productions


Director: Kelechi Ukachukwu


Synopsis: A YouTuber finds himself dealing with various issues at his first corporate job. He decides to make a video about his experience.


Individual Nominees – Michigan Made Films – Shorts


Best Director

Thomas Butcher, Firstborn

Maurizio Dominguez, New Beginnings

Kelechi Ukachukwu, Why I Hate My Job


Best Lead Actor

Tom Fugedi, New Beginnings

Zack Gergel, Firstborn

Kelechi Ukachukwu, Why I Hate My Job


Best Supporting Actor

Marcus Ephraim, Why I Hate My Job

Isaiah Orsborn, Why I Hate My Job


Best Lead Actress

Ireland Briody, New Beginnings

Alexis Kuehnl, Firstborn

Tahirah Muhammad, Why I Hate My Job


Best Cast

Firstborn

New Beginnings

Why I Hate My Job


Best Original Screenplay

Firstborn

New Beginnings

Why I Hate My Job


Best Editing

Thomas Butcher, Firstborn

Why I Hate My Job


Best Score

Thomas Butcher, Firstborn

Nick Fugedi, New Beginnings


Best Cinematography

Hassan Ahmadu, Why I Hate My Job

Maurizio Dominguez, New Beginnings


Best Picture

Firstborn

New Beginnings

Why I Hate My Job


Official Selections – Short Films


Aping Edward Porter

Writers: James O’Donnell and James Whetstone


Producers: James O’Donnell and David O’Neill


Director: James O’Donnell


Synopsis: 4 film grads give 4 film pitches, but there's only 1 outcome!


Four close film obsessed friends and recently graduated film students hold a production meeting to plan their first feature film. They discuss the state of Hollywood and how are they ever going to come up with an original idea if Hollywood has struggled since 1903, when Edwin S. Porter's first film 'The Great Train Robbery ' was remade only a year later in 1904!

A very nuanced film with heaps of film history buried in a laugh out loud script with great characters who you will fall in love with really quickly. We will feel and see each of their fantastical streams of consciousness ooze from every pore as they tell the others of their 'great movie ideas'. The meeting soon collapses in a moment of chaos as their college day instincts overrun the meeting and their dreams of grandeur quickly fade away with the inevitability of a trip off to the pub!