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!



Citizen Blaine

Writer/Producer/Director: Antoine Dillard


Synopsis: Staff Sergeant Blaine, a decorated sniper recently discharged from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Army Night Stalkers), goes back to his hotel to get some sleep. Due to PTSD and noisy surroundings, Blaine can't sleep and is compelled to take matters into his own hands.












Dead Silent

Writer: GM Woodruff


Producer/Director: Werner Jauch


Synopsis: A quiet day at home is interrupted by the arrival of a detective, resulting in a realization that all is not as it seems.















Dreamer

Writer: Vergi Rodriguez


Producers: Vergi Rodriguez and Diana Zollicoffer


Directors: Vergi Rodriguez and Diana Zollicoffer


Synopsis: Lily Cruz, a DACA recipient, travels on a medical volunteer mission and upon returning to the USA a TSA agent isn’t so welcoming.









Ironing with Tee & Koko

Writers: Joyce Marie Fitzpatrick-Forbes and Brian Christopher Shackelford


Producers: Joyce Marie Fitzpatrick-Forbes, Brian Christopher Shackelford, Tracy (Tee) Wilson, Kaylah (Koko) Parsons and Kenneth Montgomery


Director: Brian Christopher Shackelford


Synopsis: A hilarious mother (ex-military) and daughter (celebrity hair stylist in the ATL) who interview movie and tv celebrities, social influencers, chefs and more. Tee and Koko take on today's topics from interviewing the hottest Hair Salon in Atlanta, to delving into the latest in politics, to reviewing the hottest new toys for kids. This mother/daughter duo keeps viewers laughing and learning as they share ironing tips and spill some tea, all while ironing out those wrinkles.


Ironing with Tee and Koko is a fun and informative talk show that satisfies the need to straighten something (clothes), but also viewers learn a thing or two in the process.



Rise of the Avalanche: Revenge from the Shadows

Writer/Producer/Director: Antoine Dillard


Synopsis: Sequel to the award-winning Neo-Noir film Rise of The Avalanche (2017), Rise of the Avalanche: Revenge from the Shadows is about a gangster by the name of Alvin "Avalanche" Steele who is freed from prison and executes his plans to take back his city. Meanwhile, the Supercop that put him behind bars (Antoine "Megki" DeLord) is hell-bent on sending him back to prison where he belongs. While Avalanche is distracted trying to take back his city and doing everything he can to keep the cops off his trail, an old rival who he left for dead is out to exact revenge from the shadows.



You Weren’t Afraid at All

Writer: Kristen Falso Capaldi


Producer: Cory Nicholas


Director: Kristen Falso Capaldi


Synopsis: A celestial bar, a raging party, a growling monster and a mysterious doppelganger contribute to one young woman’s life-altering evening.










Whiskey Neat

Writer: Virginia Shine


Producer: Glass City Screenwriters


Director: Virginia Shine


Synopsis: A couple in the mist of an argument, come to a resolution by way of a special key.












Official Selections – Cell Phone Video Challenge


The Surprise Announcement

Writer/Director: Keila A


Producer: Emily Wirth


Synopsis: In the midst of surprise news, what will they gain...or lose? When a loving wife shares surprise news with her narcissistic husband, his shocking reactions trigger her to make a major decision about their future.










Toronto Lockdown

Director: Sallyanne Massimini


Individual Nominees – Short Films/Cell Phone Video Challenge


Best Director

Keila A, The Surprise Announcement

Antoine Dillard, Citizen Blaine

James O’Donnell, Aping Edward Porter

Vergi Rodriguez, Director and Sammi Begelman, Assistant Director, Dreamer

Virginia Shine, Whiskey Neat


Best Lead Actor

Julian Guerrieri, The Surprise Announcement

Frazer Hadfield, Aping Edward Porter

Steven Martin, You Weren’t Afraid at All

Kevin Smith, Whiskey Neat


Best Supporting Actor

Buck Braithwaite, Aping Edward Porter

Adam Carbone, You Weren’t Afraid at All

Jordan Scowen, Aping Edward Porter


Best Lead Actress

Elaina Christina, The Surprise Announcement

Vergi Rodriguez, Dreamer


Best Supporting Actress

Rumi Sutton, Aping Edward Porter

Linden Waddell, Dreamer


Best Cast

Aping Edward Porter

Dreamer

The Surprise Announcement

You Weren’t Afraid at All


Best Original Screenplay

Citizen Blaine

Dreamer

The Surprise Announcement

Whiskey Neat


Best Editing

Matt Erman, Whiskey Neat

Kristen Falso-Capaldi, You Weren't Afraid at All

Ben Simon, Aping Edward Porter

Mairi Soelsepp, Dreamer


Best Cinematography

Tim Maurice-Jones, Aping Edward Porter

Mariscela Beatriz Mendez, Dreamer


Best Picture

Aping Edward Porter

Dreamer


Hottest Up-and-Coming Actor

Adam Griggs, Citizen Blaine

Kevin Smith, Whiskey Neat


Hottest Up-and-Coming Actress

Audrey Latino, You Weren’t Afraid at All

Rumi Sutton, Aping Edward Porter


Official Selections - Documentaries


Baked by Grace - The Movie(feature)

Director: David W. King


Producers: David W. King and Jessica King


Synopsis: Music's on. Coffee's Hot. Donuts are Fresh. Lake City Bakery in Polson, Montana has been in the same family for 52 years. While the donuts are great, the people who run the place are what make it special.


Baked by Grace goes behind the scenes of this beloved eatery.









I am not like others (short)

Director/DoP: Ivan Rodin


Synopsis: The story of a family that is unlike the rest.


















In a Whole New Way (short)

Writer/Director: Jonathan Fisher


Producer: George Carrano


Synopsis: Ensnaring almost four million Americans, probation has evolved from a second chance to avoid prison to a sanction actually feeding mass incarceration. Supported by neighborhood allies, some people of color set out in a whole new way to change all this—equipped only with cameras.









Mentality (feature)

Writer: Keith Schnabel


Producer: Mukesh Lathia


Director: Garret Morgan


Synopsis: “Mentality” tracks the evolution of mental health treatment through the stories of patients and professionals. Over their lifetimes, they have watched America’s mentality about psychiatric illness change and treatment options greatly improve. But in a society that leaves millions of people with mental illness untreated, on the streets, or in prison, how far have we really come since the days of the asylums?



The Habit of Prayer (short)

Writer/Director: Lee Klein


Producer: Rachel Crawford