Here They Are! Our 2019 Official Selections In Short Film, Feature Film & Documentary Categories

Updated: Jul 24, 2019

The Official Selections and the Nominees in the 3rd Annual I See You Awards® are as follows:


Short Film Category – Student Films

After You

Writers: Chris Bradley, Shannon DiSalle, Mary Pelchat

Producer: Erica Kovacic

Associate Producers: Vicki Mellino and James Powers


Due Process

Writer/Producer/Director: Gabriel P. Braden


Hide & Seek

Writer/Director: Emily Brubaker

Producer: Emma Wood


Knock Knock

Writer/Director: Kennikki Jones-Jones

Producer: Yingli Cheng


Liz

Writer/Director: Alec Gibson

Producers: Charles A. Kennedy, Jr. and John Julien



Individual Nominees – Short Film Category – Student Films


Best Director

Gabriel P. Braden, Due Process

Shannon DiSalle, After You

Alec Gibson, Liz

Kennikki Jones-Jones, Knock Knock


Best Lead Actor Nominees

Tyler Bickel, Liz

Chris Bradley, After You

Andrew Martyn, Hide & Seek


Best Supporting Actor Nominees

Grover McCants, Due Process

Ryan Trombley, Hide & Seek


Best Lead Actress Nominees

Shellita Boxie, Knock Knock

Andrea Fantauzzi, After You

Molly Gibson, Liz

Carolette Phillips, Due Process


Best Supporting Actress Nominees

Avis Marie-Barnes, Knock Knock

Chanae Jordan, Due Process


Best Cast

After You

Due Process

Knock Knock


Best Original Screenplay

Gabriel P. Braden, Due Process

Emily Brubaker, Hide & Seek

Kennikki Jones-Jones, Knock Knock


Best Editing

Samuel James Bellamy, Knock Knock

Shannon DiSalle, After You

Ryan Urzi and Henrik Larsen, Due Process


Best Soundtrack

Ben Roberts, After You

Aaron Krause, Liz


Best Cinematography

Jacob Hotovy, After You

Charles A. Kennedy, Jr. and John Julien, Liz

Cecily Lakey, Hide & Seek

Shawn Shaman, Due Process

Gediyon Nigusse Yirdaw, Knock Knock


Best Picture

After You

Due Process

Knock Knock


Hottest Up-and-Coming Actor (Student Films)

Tyler Bickel, Liz

Chris Bradley, After You

Andrew Martyn, Hide & Seek


Hottest Up-and-Coming Actress (Student Films)

Andrea Fantauzzi, After You

Molly Gibson, Liz

Carolette Phillips, Due Process




Short Film Category


A Wonderful Day

Writer/Director: Romeo Kattookaran

Producer: Kentwood Films International


Affliction

Writer/Director: Charles A. Kennedy, Jr.


Dolls Don’t Die

Writer /Director: Julie Prieur


Father & Son

Writer/Director: John David DeFour


I’m Sorry

Writer/Director: Marcellus Cox


Mountain

Writer/Director: Johnny Herbin


Only You & Me

Writer/Producer/Director: SB Gamble


Real Mature

Writer/Director: T.M. Smith

Writer: Peter Rendina


Rolling In The Deep

Writer/Director: Marcellus Cox


Scarborough

Writer/Director: Walker Sayen


Sparks! A Robotic Love Story

Writer/Director: Robert Benjamin


The Spoon That Whacks The Cradle

Writer: Sandi Brinn

Director: Molade Balogun



Individual Nominees – Short Films


Best Director

Molade Balogun, The Spoon That Whacks The Cradle

Robert Benjamin, Sparks! A Robotic Love Story

Marcellus Cox, I’m Sorry

Marcellus Cox, Rolling In The Deep

John David DeFour, Father & Son

Johnny Herbin, Mountain

Romeo Kattookaran, A Wonderful Day

Charles A. Kennedy, Jr., Affliction

Walker Sayen, Scarborough


Best Lead Actor

Aaron Busse, Sparks! A Robotic Love Story

Stephen Cofield, Jr., Rolling In The Deep

James M. Davis, Jr., Affliction

Kyle Gaskin, Only You & Me

Jake T. Getman, Scarborough

Jon W. Martin, The Spoon That Whacks The Cradle

Maynard Okereke, I’m Sorry

Norm Thoeming, Father & Son


Best Supporting Actor

Javon Alvin, Sparks! A Robotic Love Story

Rob Casey, Affliction

Joseph Miller, Sparks! A Robotic Love Story

Pierro Pizzali, The Spoon That Whacks The Cradle

Joe Ray Rendina, Real Mature

Robert Whitehill, Rolling In The Deep


Best Lead Actress

Al Kelly, Only You & Me

Victoria Mullen, The Spoon That Whacks The Cradle

Heidi Rhodes, Scarborough

Katrina Schmidt, Sparks! A Robotic Love Story

Sinead Sommers, Rolling In The Deep


Best Supporting Actress

Sandi Brinn, The Spoon That Whacks The Cradle

Cindy Henkin, Only You & Me

Ashley Hill, Affliction


Best Cast

Mountain

Rolling In The Deep

Scarborough

Sparks! A Robotic Love Story


Best Original Screenplay

Robert Benjamin, Sparks! A Robotic Love Story

Sandi Brinn, The Spoon That Whacks The Cradle

John David DeFour, Father & Son

Johnny Herbin, Mountain

Charles A. Kennedy, Jr., Affliction

Julie Prieur, Dolls Don’t Die

Walker Sayen, Scarborough


Best Editing

Nuri Bauswell, A Wonderful Day

Robert Benjamin, Sparks! A Robotic Love Story

Davian Engle, Rolling In The Deep

Nick Franco, Scarborough

Marlène Poulin, Dolls Don’t Die

Chris Quick, Mountain


Best Soundtrack

Tahif Attiek, Only You & Me

Oliver Lodge, Mountain

Julie Prieur, Dolls Don’t Die

Zach Valdivia, Sparks! A Robotic Love Story


Best Cinematography

Nuri Bauswell, A Wonderful Day

Andrew Bissonnette, The Spoon That Whacks The Cradle

Darren Eggenschwiler, Mountain

Sean Gearing, Sparks! A Robotic Love Story

Justin Hartsaw, Affliction

Ben Milford, Only You & Me

Donald Robitaille, Dolls Don’t Die

Evan Yee, Scarborough


Best Picture

Affliction

Dolls Don’t Die

Father & Son

I’m Sorry

Mountain

Rolling In The Deep

Scarborough

Sparks! A Robotic Love Story


Hottest Up-and-Coming Actor (Short Films)

Bryan Caceres, A Wonderful Day (homeless boy)

James M. Davis, Jr., Affliction

Jon W. Martin, The Spoon That Whacks The Cradle

Peter Rendina, Real Mature (Casanova)

Wam Siluka, Mountain (Knowles)

Craig Young, Mountain (Brennan)

Cedric Williams, I’m Sorry (Eddie)


Hottest Up-and-Coming Actress (Short Films)

Ashley Hill, Affliction

Al Kelly, Only You & Me

Ebony Mayberry, A Wonderful Day




Official Selections - Documentary category


Forged in Flint

Director: Bradley Tangonan

Producers: Madeleine Askwith and Julie Mastalerz


Jumpin' Johnny: The Incredible True Story of Dr. John Kline

Writer/Producer/Director: Cameron McCasland

Producers: Erin Deneen and Josh Ickes


Lourdes

Director/Producer: Anthony Collings


My Girl Story

Director: Eileen Hayes

Producer: Tameka Citchen-Spruce


The Color of Medicine: The Story of Homer G. Phillips Hospital

Writers/Producers/Directors: Joyce Fitzpatrick & Brian Shackelford

Producer: Rebecca Robinson-Williams


The Forest Kids

Director: Benjamin Eizenga

Producers: Alexis Bonner, Luke Crawford and Shi'anna Whitman


Feature Film Category


Bozkir Look At The Birds

Writer/Producer/Director: Mehmet Tanrisever


Chasing After You

Writer/Director: Paige B. Alston

Producers: Ariel L. Bogan, Louis Martinez & Cameo Sherrell


Coming Up For Air

Director: Robert Cicchini

Producer/Co-writer: Roger Rapoport

Co-writer: Deborah Staples


Resilience and the Lost Gems

Writer/Producer/Director: Brian Finn


Sincerely Brenda

Writer/Producer/Director: Kenneth R. Nelson, Jr.

Producers: Briana Sparks & Sean-Vaughn





Individual Nominees – Feature Films


Best Director

Robert Cicchini, Coming Up for Air

Brian Finn, Resilience and the Lost Gems

Joyce Fitzpatrick & Brian Shackelford, The Color of Medicine: The Story of Homer G. Phillips Hospital

Kenneth R. Nelson, Jr., Sincerely Brenda


Best Lead Actor Nominees

Malachi Lee, Chasing After You

Soydan Soydas, Bozkir Look At The Birds

Rico Bruce Wade, Sincerely Brenda

Chase Yi, Coming Up for Air


Best Supporting Actor Nominees

Skip Carlsen, Resilience and the Lost Gems

Scott Clark, Resilience and the Lost Gems

Leonydus Johnson, Sincerely Brenda

Suleyman Kabaali, Bozkir Look At The Birds

Shiek Mahmud-Bey, Chasing After You

Sean-Vaughn, Sincerely Brenda


Best Lead Actress Nominees

Kiara Finn, Resilience and the Lost Gems

Gabrielle Ruffin, Chasing After You

Deborah Staples, Coming Up for Air


Best Supporting Actress Nominees

Malikia Cee, Chasing After You

Carrie Hitchcock, Coming Up for Air

Tiffani Ferguson Pruitt


Best Cast

Bozkir Look At The Birds

Coming Up for Air

Sincerely Brenda


Best Original Screenplay

Bozkir Look At The Birds

Coming Up for Air

Resilience and the Lost Gems

Sincerely Brenda


Best Editing

Timothy Ray Arnold, Brian Finn, Cindy Lee & J. Bronson Miner, Resilience and the Lost Gems

Gene Gamache, Coming Up for Air

Kenneth R. Nelson, Jr., Sincerely Brenda

Mehmet Tanrisever, Bozkir Look At The Birds


Best Cinematography

Timothy Ray Arnold, Resilience and the Lost Gems

Alex Gasparetto, Sincerely Brenda

Bruce Schermer, Coming Up for Air


Best Picture

Bozkir Look At The Birds

Coming Up for Air

Resilience and the Lost Gems

Sincerely Brenda


Hottest Up-and-Coming Actor

Malachi Lee, Chasing After You

Marcus Leslie, Sincerely Brenda

Sean-Vaughn, Sincerely Brenda


Hottest Up-and-Coming Actress

Teri Ann, Sincerely Brenda

Kiara Finn, Resilience and the Lost Gems

Gabrielle Ruffin, Chasing After You


People’s Choice

Just as the name implies, the winners of the People’s Choice Awards will be decided on by the people! To help select the winner, the public is invited to attend a full day of film screenings at the Emagine Theater in Royal Oak on Thursday, August 23, 2018. More details, including the schedule and ticket information, are coming soon, so stay tuned!


Thank you to all of the filmmakers who submitted their projects, and congratulations and good luck to all of the nominees! We see you!


The 3rd Annual I See You Awards® are going to be the best yet! As you can see, the lineup is extraordinary! So, make plans now to attend so you don't miss out! If you need to schedule a vacation day, schedule it now to make sure you're a part of this one-of-a-kind event recognizing and rewarding the achievements of deserving independent filmmakers!

The I See You Awards® event lineup is as follows:


Thursday, August 22

Full day of film screenings

(Screening Schedule TBA)


Friday, August 23

Film industry seminar and networking

featuring Hollywood Veteran Tom Hines

12 – 2 p.m.

Learn more about Hines on our blog.


Saturday, August 24

Free Day to explore Metro Detroit


Sunday, August 25

Black Tie, Blue Carpet Awards Ceremony

Doors open at 12 noon

Afterglow featuring live entertainment and networking

immediately follows the awards ceremony


Tickets to all events are available via Eventbrite and FilmFreeway. Filmmakers whose projects are official selections will receive two complimentary tickets to Thursday’s film screenings and to Sunday’s Black Tie, Blue Carpet Awards ceremony.


For those out-of-town attendees who are in need of hotel reservations, we have a block of rooms at the brand new Hyatt Place hotel in Royal Oak which is just steps away from the Emagine Theater. 


To make a reservation, you can call the hotel directly at 248-545-7030 and be sure to identify yourself as a guest of the I See You Awards®. Alternatively, you can also click on our custom booking link here.

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