Congratulations to the 2022 I See You Awards® Winners!


Just a few of the smiling faces following the 2022 awards ceremony, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022.

Photo credits: Amy Powers, left; Scott Galeski, center; Amy Saunders, right.


Presenting the winners of the 6th Annual I See You Awards®! The names of the nominees are included along with the winners whose names are highlighted in bold.


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 (under age 18)


Best Lead Actor

Paul Dewdney, The Things I Miss

Romeo Keyser, Major Tom (under age 18)

Don Knill, Merry Go Round

Dryden Zurawski, Caller 45


Best Supporting Actor

William Pierson Orville, Caller 45

Connor Rajan, Caller 45

Oliver Silver, The Things I Miss


Best Lead Actress

Sian Altman, The Things I Miss

Nicole Marie Hunt, Merry Go Round


Best Cast

Caller 45

Merry Go Round

The Things I Miss

ubuntu (under age 18)


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, Major Tom (under 18)

Kevin R. Thompson, The Things I Miss

Konner Turner, ubuntu


Best Editing

Eye Robot

Calvin Johns, Major Tom (under 18)

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 (under 18)

The Things I Miss

ubuntu


Hottest Up-and-Coming Actor

Romeo Keyser, Human Race Ism

Romeo Keyser, Major Tom

Connor Rajan, Caller 45

Dryden Zurawski, Caller 45


Short Films – Made in Michigan


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


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


Documentaries


Baked by Grace (feature)

Director: David W. King

Producers: David W. King and Jessica King


I am not like others (short)

Director/DoP: Ivan Rodin


In a Whole New Way (short)

Writer/Director: Jonathan Fisher

Producer: George Carrano


Mentality (feature)

Writer: Keith Schnabel

Producer: Mukesh Lathia

Director: Garret Morgan


The Habit of Prayer (short)

Writer/Director: Lee Klein

Producer: Rachel Crawford

Executive Producer: Sr. John Dominic Rasmussen, O.P.


Toronto Lockdown (short)

Director: SallyAnne Massimini


Cell Phone Video Challenge


The Surprise Announcement

Writer/Director: Keila A

Producer: Emily Wirth


Toronto Lockdown

Director: Sallyanne Massimini



Feature Films


Best Director

Andrew Alden, Dangerous Creation

Paige B. Alston, Meeting Boone

John Malesevic, Pandemic


Best Lead Actor

Niklas Molander, Pandemic

Izaya Spencer, Dangerous Creation

Sean Vaughn, Meeting Boone


Best Supporting Actor

Walker Fairbanks, Descend

Phil Leslie, Dangerous Creation

Oisin Stack, Dangerous Creation

Marcus Woods, Meeting Boone


Best Lead Actress

Kaitlyn Valor Borque, Dangerous Creation

Heather Fairbanks, Descend

Sofie Reyes-Bjorestam, Pandemic

DaCarla Strong, Meeting Boone


Best Supporting Actress

Asia Marie Hicks, Dangerous Creation

Sue Kernish, Descend

Terri Partyka, Descend


Best Cast

Dangerous Creation

Descend

Meeting Boone

Pandemic


Best Original Screenplay

Andrew Alden and Teresa Alden, Dangerous Creation

Paige B. Alston, Meeting Boone

Bryan Bostic, Pussie Control: The Story of Davion Pussie

John Malesevic,Pandemic


Best Editing

Darrin Deshazer, Pussie Control: The Story of Davion Pussie

Terry King, Meeting Boone

John Malesevic, Pandemic


Best Cinematography

Teresa Alden, Dangerous Creation

Lawrence Allen, Pussie Control: The Story of Davion Pussie

Carlton L. Canty, Meeting Boone

John Malesevic, Pandemic


Best Picture

Dangerous Creation

Meeting Boone

Pandemic


Hottest Up-and-Coming Actor

Walker Fairbanks, Descend

Duane Shabazz, Meeting Boone


Hottest Up-and-Coming Actress

Asia Marie Hicks, Dangerous Creation

DaCarla Strong, Meeting Boone


I See You Awards’ People’s Choice


The winners of the I See You Awards’ People’s Choice are selected by the people! To determine the winner, the public was invited to attend the in-person screenings during our film festival at the Emagine Theater in Royal Oak, Michigan.


Following are the winners of the People’s Choice Awards as determined by the people:


Student Film Winner

Merry Go Round


Short Film Winner

New Beginnings


Feature Film Winner

Descend


Best Original Screenplay

Short Film Category

10 Stops

Writer: JD Green


Second Chances

Writer: Kara M. Canton


Feature Film Category

At the Mercy of Faith (terror version)

Writer: Samuel Lee Taylor


Moonscope

Writer: Dave Fein


Porcupine

Writer: Dave Fein


Time Will Tell

Writers: Terry Newman and Jonathan Winehouse



Congratulations to all the winners as well as to the nominees! We see you!


 

The 6th Annual I See You Awards® were handed out during our Black Tie, Blue Carpet awards ceremony on Sunday, August 21, 2022, at the Emagine Theater in downtown Royal Oak, Michigan.


We want to say “Thank You” to all the screenwriters and filmmakers who submitted their projects this year. We appreciate all of you for giving us the opportunity to view your work. To those filmmakers who do not see their projects and/or names listed, we are still very grateful to have had the opportunity to view your work. We wish you the best of luck with your project(s) going forward and hope to see more from you in the future. Keep learning, keep growing, keep pushing and keep moving forward! We SEE you and we’re here to support you!


Thank you to our sponsors and supporters: the Michigan Film & Digital Media Office, Emagine Entertainment, Final Draft, Paramount Pictures, Matrix Motors, WWJ Newsradio 950, Randazzo Formal Wear, The Lee Group, ES Communications Agency, Casey Sign Company and PR Media Services, Inc.


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Editor's Note: We will have a separate blog post with more pictures from the blue carpet and from the awards ceremony, so stay tuned!


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