Here's What Happened During Our Blue Carpet Awards Ceremony!

Every year, the I See You Awards® gets bigger and bigger and better!


This year, the fun kicked off on Thursday, August 22, with a full day of film screenings at the Emagine Theatre in Royal Oak, Michigan, with short and feature-length movies playing in two auditoriums. On day two, Friday, August 23, we hosted our industry seminar, featuring Hollywood veteran Tom Hines as the guest speaker. And, we wrapped things up on Sunday, August 25, with our one-of-a-kind Blue Carpet Awards Ceremony!


Here's a look back at this year's event:


Film Screenings


This year's film screenings attracted a record crowd of people who love indie films!

Selam Ghirmai (left) and Lynn McNamara of the MFDMO with Terri Lee Chandler.


Industry Seminar


This year's industry seminar was truly enlightening! Our guest speaker was Tom Hines, a veteran of Hollywood, who spent 23 years in Los Angeles working in the film industry. As an actor, he's worked in film, television and commercials, but found his love for directing during his time spent working for, and with, the legendary Garry Marshall ("Pretty Woman", "Beaches", Princess Diaries 1 and 2").


See below for a few photos from the seminar.










What a fantastic day! We simply cannot wait until next year!


But, we better not get ahead of ourselves, because fun was also had by all at our signature event, the Black Tie, Blue Carpet awards ceremony! Take a look below at some of the pics!


Black Tie, Blue Carpet Awards Ceremony


Dexter and Terri kicked off the day by riding to the ceremony in a one-of-a-kind Corvette limo!



But, the fun was just getting started! See for yourself in the pictures below:






Chris Cruise (left) and Terri Lee Chandler co-hosted the awards ceremony.

Actress Brooke Mallon served as a presenter.


The cast and crew of the award-winning short film, After You.

Writer/Director Kennikki Jones-Jones and her son proudly display the three awards her film "Knock Knock" took home.

"Coming Up for Air" director Robert Cicchini (second from right), poses with his family on the Blue Carpet.

Paige Alston (left), director of "Chasing After You," with Malachi Lee and Gabrielle Ruffin.

Best Original Screenplay winner Kelly Jean Karam (second from left), poses with family members on the Blue Carpet.



The cast and crew of "Real Mature."

Kiara and Brian Finn of "Resilience and the Lost Gems".

Cast members of the feature film, "Sincerely Brenda" (above).



Romeo Kattookaran, writer/director of "A Wonderful Day" picks up several awards for his short film.



Joyce Fitzpatrick and Brian Shackelford accepting their Best Documentary award.

Awards show presenter Mark Lee.

Alec Gibson (center), writer/director of the short film, "Liz".

Molly Gibson (center), star of the short film, "Liz".

Dr. Wanda Whitten-Shurney (left), CEO and Medical Director of SCDAAMI.org and guest.

Joe Wilson and Jessica Austin are all smiles on the Blue Carpet.






Starleesha Turnbull, aka Star, our hostess for the evening.

Dexter Chandler (left), Carl Murphy and Joe Crawford, Sr.

Just having a little fun!

Sylvia, Terri and Joanada kicking back and having a little Blue Carpet fun!


After the awards ceremony wrapped up, I See You Awards Host Phil Elam conducted interviews with several of the attendees. More on that to come because we're saving those details for another post!



Pierro Pizzali, winner of a Best Supporting Actor award for his role in "The Spoon That Whacks the Cradle," is interviewed by Phil Elam.

We'll be posting more pictures and videos of Phil's interviews in a future blog post, so stay tuned for that!


The 3rd Annual I See You Awards® were sponsored by the Michigan Film & Digital Media Office, Emagine Entertainment, Final Draft, Paramount, Limo World and WWJ Newsradio 950, with additional partners Randazzo Formal Wear, The Lee Group, ES Communications Agency, Lexcam Design and Casey Sign Company.

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