Announcing the 5th Annual I See You Awards® Official Selections and Nominations!

Updated: Aug 4, 2021



This is the day everyone at the I See You Awards® looks forward to every year from the moment the Call for Entries goes out! That’s because it’s our mission to recognize and reward the accomplishments of independent filmmakers, and because we know how much it means to all of the filmmakers who have submitted their projects. It’s the day we announce the I See You Awards® official selections! So, without further adieu, here are the 2021 I See You Awards® official selections and individual nominees!


Official Selections – Student Films


4AM

Writer: Jacob Horne (adaptation)

Bob Krakower (original play)


Producers: Kurt Eli Mayry, Kathryn McDermott and Scott Norman


Director: Jacob Horne


Synopsis: 4AM is the story of how Men and Women fail to communicate at a late night diner. Adapted from the one act play by Bob Krakower.



Desuetude

Writers: Jarod D. Clark, Kat McGowan and Kelsey O’Brien


Producers: Jarod D. Clark and Kelsey O’Brien


Director: Jarod D. Clark


Synopsis: In the distant future, Ed Meade, a fire lookout living alone in the forest is forced to rethink his future when a visitor arrives and informs him that his job is being replaced with “better technology”.








mama

Writer/Producer/Director: Delores M. Flynn


Producer: Julie Devine


Synopsis: A woman suffering from postpartum depression leaves her family and comes back years later to deal with the fallout.












The Color of Hate

Writer/Producer/Director: Delores M. Flynn


Synopsis: An interracial love story set hours before the Detroit riot in 1967.












Individual Nominees – Student Films


Best Director

Jarod D. Clark, Desuetude

Delores M. Flynn, mama

Jacob Horne, 4AM (Based on the play by Bob Krakower)


Best Lead Actor Nominees

Dale Dobson, Desuetude

Keanu Sousa Mendes, mama

Sully Wood, 4AM (Based on the play by Bob Krakower)


Best Supporting Actor Nominees

Dhinesh Raja Kannan, 4AM (Based on the play by Bob Krakower

Connor McBain, 4AM (Based on the play by Bob Krakower)

Jeffrey McMahon, Desuetude


Best Lead Actress Nominees

Victoria Swan, 4AM (Based on the play by Bob Krakower)

Ashley Douglas, mama


Best Supporting Actress Nominees

(N/A)


Best Cast

4AM

Desuetude

mama


Best Original Screenplay

Jarod D. Clark, Kat McGowan and Kelsey O’Brien, Desuetude

Jacob Horne, 4AM (Based on the play by Bob Krakower) (adaptation)

Delores M. Flynn, mama


Best Editing

Joshua Brockett, 4AM (Based on the play by Bob Krakower)

Calvin Johns, mama


Best Soundtrack

Michael Hilgendorf, 4AM


Best Cinematography

Jake Cypert, 4AM (Based on the play by Bob Krakower)

Brendan Sheardy, mama

Jackson Stormer, Desuetude


Best Picture

4AM (Based on the play by Bob Krakower)

Desuetude

mama


Hottest Up-and-Coming Actor (Student Films)

Dhinesh Raja Kannan, 4AM (Based on the play by Bob Krakower)

Keanu Sousa Mendes, The Color of Hate


Hottest Up-and-Coming Actress (Student Films)

Madison Coates, mama

Ashley Douglas, The Color of Hate

Official Selections – Short Film Category – Michigan Made Films


A Basement Film

Writer/Producer/Director: Katelin Maylum


Synopsis: A Basement Film" is about Matilda, an English major at U of M Ann Arbor, who is struggling to find her way through mental illness and other personal issues such as bad self-esteem and hooking up with the wrong dudes. Matilda decides to go home for the weekend and with all of her buddies, they smoke, do mushrooms, and try to handle the several catastrophes and stresses that occur with coming of age and realizing that you're a hot mess.



A People’s History

Writer: Matt Harmon

Producer: Becca Messner

Directors: Ben Focht and Cade Mirabitur


Synopsis: When Ford Motor Company announces plans to buy the former Michigan Central Station, Charlie, an innocent collector, makes plans to anonymously return the clock that once hung at the station.



Detroit Landmarks: Inspiration

Writer/Producer/Director: Dr. William Hustzi


Synopsis: In this uncertain time of pandemic my family and I resigned to make something beautiful. The result is a film composition celebrating the people and architecture of several places of worship in the Detroit area. This film is dedicated to the memory of my father (Michigan COVID #132) and my graduate Sophia, Class of 2020.



Feminine Shadow

Writer/Producer/Director: Kelly Karam


Synopsis: An old man reconnects with his deceased wife by embracing his feminine shadow.








Portrait of Tracy

Writer/Producer: Jasmine J. Beane

Directors: Jasmine J. Beane, Deborah Lane Spencer


Synopsis: A visual piece about the adverse affects of the unjust killings of Black people during the pandemic. Portrait of Tracy follows a young woman as she processes the current climate without the distractions of work, friends or play.



Project Horror

Writers: Rob E, Albert Gerber


Producers: Carrie Holland, Sean Holland, Bobby Laenen


Director: Rob E


Synopsis: A birthday party takes a dark turn. What happened the night of Beth's birthday party? Will Jamie be able to help Agent 1 in solving the mysterious events that unfolded? The world of horror will change forever.










Run Girl Run

Writer/Director: J.Q. Nelson


Synopsis: Allison Pfaendler's goal is to win the Detroit Free Press marathon. As she trains for the marathon, she is suddenly intercepted by 3 muggers, which is a chase that tests her stamina.




Without Grace

Writer/Director: Corey Milton


Producers: Corey Milton, Chin Yang, Dau Yang


Synopsis: A aspiring musician abandons his identity to seek revenge when his love is taken from him.











Individual Nominees – Short Films – Michigan Made Films


Best Director

Rob E, Project Horror

Dr. William Huszti, Detroit Landmarks: Inspiration

Kelly Karam, Feminine Shadow

Corey Milton, Without Grace


Best Lead Actor

Tony Calabrese, A Basement Film

Daniel Jeffries, Without Grace

Bobby Laenen, Project Horror


Best Supporting Actor

Joshua Bootz, Run Girl Run

Brian Heintz, Project Horror

Justin Mane, Without Grace

Ammar Nemo, Project Horror


Best Lead Actress

N/A


Best Supporting Actress

Callie Bussell, Project Horror

Allyson L. Smith, Run Girl Run


Best Cast

Project Horror

Without Grace


Best Original Screenplay

Rob E and Albert Gerber, Project Horror

Kelly Karam, Feminine Shadow

Katelin Maylum, A Basement Film

Corey Milton, Without Grace

J.Q. Nelson, Run Girl Run


Best Editing

Rob E, Project Horror

Roger Haggart and Nate Klenk, Feminine Shadow

Dr. William Huszti, Detroit Landmarks: Inspiration

Corey Milton, Without Grace


Best Score

Project Horror

Martin Cilia, Run Girl Run

Noah J. Teachey, Detroit Landmarks: Inspiration


Best Cinematography

Roger Haggart, Feminine Shadow

Dr. William Huszti, Detroit Landmarks: Inspiration

Andrew Sosa, Project Horror

Dau Yang, Without Grace


Best Picture

Detroit Landmarks: Inspiration

Feminine Shadow

Project Horror

Without Grace


Hottest Up-and-Coming Actor

Tony Calabrese, A Basement Film

Patrick Harney, Project Horror

Bill Swift, Run Girl Run


Hottest Up-and-Coming Actress

Avery Bolt, A Basement Film

Callie Bussell, Project Horror

Elannah Dent, Run Girl Run

Elizabeth Kronner, A Basement Film


Official Selections – Short Films




Death Offers Life – last moments of Vincent Van Gogh


Writer: Madhu R


Producers: Rani and Ranjan


Director: Saheer Abbas


Synopsis: The story is the fictional account of the last five minutes of the acclaimed painter Vincent Van Gogh who was a failure in his lifetime. Death who has come to take him makes an offer which Van Gogh rejects and accepts the hands of death gracefully.










Mickey Hardaway (Proof of concept short)


Writer/Producer/Director: Marcellus Cox


Producer: Eric Quincy


Executive Producer: Armando Townsend


Synopsis: A Young Sketch Artist visits a well renowned psychiatrist as his life begins sprawling out of control after years of Physical and Verbal Abuse has taken a toll on him.








O_CE_AN

Writers: Kika Cunha and Priscila Guedes

Producer: Marcos Saad

Director: Priscila Guedes


Synopsis: On an unnamed beach, OCEAN (a woman made of clay) is waiting, hoping to gain the freedom she dreams of. The passionate hands that protect her are also the ones that imprison her. Discovering her strength, she does everything to break the barrier that separates her from the world. HERE and NOW, it’s all or nothing.




Psyched! – Pilot


Writer/Producer/Director: Anca Vaida


Assistant Producer: Alice Catanzaro


Synopsis: 'Psyched!' is a medical drama based on psychiatry. It follows the day to day lives of the staff and patients from the Community Mental Health Team.














Pussie Control 2: Night at the Drive-in


Writer/Producer/Director: Bryan Bostic


Synopsis: That smooth playboy Ryan tries his luck out with Tiana again at the drive-In movies. Ryan thinks he is home free until Davion Spoils his plans.













The Heart Has No Boundaries

Writer/Producer/Director: Paolo Milocco


Synopsis: An African mother arrives with her daughter in the land of hope, after having experienced moments of terror and a profound suffering that the sea and life

reserved them. They are alive and can finally embrace and hope for a better future.


Suffering does not spare even a young Italian mother and her son; to chase a toy boat, the child finds himself in the open sea and risks drowning: he will be saved by his father. The two women, although of different nationalities, religions and cultures, are bound by the same destiny: suffering does not spare anyone and under the starry mantle we are all the same, we are human beings looking for solidarity.


THE HEART HAS NO BOUNDARIES is a film about tolerance and understanding about the help we allow to the disadvantaged and about love that is the only thing that can mediate a solution.




Velvet Crush

Writer/Producer/Director: Michael Boston


Associate Producers: Joanna Easton, Diane Eaton, Roger Williamson


Synopsis: An unsuspecting plumber with a velvet fetish answers a service call for a gorilla-loving nympho with the goods he's long treasured.










Zone 38


Writer: Carl Copeland


Producer/Director: Saul Murphy


Synopsis: A virus has swept the country, infected areas have been quarantined and large numbers hospitalised. Father Michaels congregation has dwindled but he still goes through the motions of his weekly sermons, he tries to remain a bastion of hope for his community whilst fighting off his temptation to alcohol, this is tested when a neighbour suspiciously offers him a drink which alters his mindset and focus. On his journey to visit his quarantined wife he has an unexpected early encounter which is not the reunion he had hoped for.



Individual Nominees – Short Films

Best Director

Saheer Abbas, Death Offers Life – last moments of Vincent Van Gogh

Bryan Bostic, Pussie Control 2: Night at the Drive-in

Michael Boston, Velvet Crush

Marcellus Cox, Mickey Hardaway (Proof of concept short)

Priscila Guedes, O_CE_AN

Saul Murphy, Zone 38

Anca Vaida, Psyched!


Best Lead Actor

Taylor Byron Barr, Pussie Control 2: Night at the Drive-in

Michael Boston, Velvet Crush

Thomas Galashan, Zone 38

Rashad Hunter, Mickey Hardaway (Proof of concept short)

Saj Hussain, Psyched!

Rashin Khan, Death Offers Life – last moments of Vincent Van Gogh


Best Supporting Actor

David Chattam, Mickey Hardaway (Proof of concept short)

Sam Heller, Zone 38

Gearoid Kavanaugh, Psyched!

Anuroop Thekkumkadan, Death Offers Life – last moments of Vincent Van Gogh

Roger Williamson, Velvet Crush


Best Lead Actress

Georgiana Goes, O_CE_AN

Dani Savka, Velvet Crush

Anca Vaida, Psyched!


Best Supporting Actress

Mairi Kennedy, Zone 38

Nancy Van Iderstine, Velvet Crush


Best Cast

Death Offers Life – last moments of Vincent Van Gogh

Mickey Hardaway (Proof of concept short)

Psyched!

Velvet Crush

Zone 38


Best Original Screenplay

Cari Copeland, Zone 38

Marcellus Cox, Mickey Hardaway (Proof of concept short)

Kika Cunha and Priscila Guedes, O_CE_AN

Madhu R, Death Offers Life – last moments of Vincent Van Gogh


Best Editing

Pedro Gonzalez Kuhn, Velvet Crush

Jamil Gooding, Mickey Hardaway (Proof of concept short)

Saul Murphy, Zone 38


Best Soundtrack

Bob Bradley, Mickey Hardaway (Proof of concept short)

Salvador Lopez, Psyched! (original score)

Jude Robins, Death Offers Life – last moments of Vincent Van Gogh (Sound Design & Stereo Mixing)


Best Cinematography

Petros Gioumpasis, Psyched!

Jamil Gooding, Mickey Hardaway (Proof of concept short)

Steven Jared Mangurten, Velvet Crush

Noushad Shereef, Death Offers Life – last moments of Vincent Van Gogh


Best Picture

Death Offers Life – last moments of Vincent Van Gogh

Mickey Hardaway (Proof of concept short)

Psyched!

Velvet Crush

Zone 38


Hottest Up-and-Coming Actor (Short Films)

Taylor Byron Barr, Pussie Control 2: Night at the Drive-in

DeAngelo Davis, Mickey Hardaway (Proof of concept short)


Hottest Up-and-Coming Actress (Short Films)

N/A


Official Selections – Music Videos


Babylon: Ghetto, Renaissance and Modern Oblivion

Writer/Director: Jessica Gould

Producer: Salon/Sanctuary Concerts


Synopsis: Babylon considers the text of Psalm 137 (By the Waters of Babylon) as it has resonated through the music of two ghettoized peoples – Italian Jews of Mantua during the period of the Counter-Reformation, and African Americans during the Harlem Renaissance and beyond.


Narrated by the titanic voice of actor Ezra Knight, the musical performances of works by Italian-Jewish composer Salamone Rossi (1570 – 1630) and contemporary American Brandon Waddles (1988 –) are by the groundbreaking Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble. Other musical selections are historical recordings by such luminaries as Ma Rainey, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Big Mama