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I See You Awards® Launches Theme Song Contest!

Winning song will be featured during the 4th Annual I See You Awards® celebration

For the first time, this year’s I See You Awards® is sponsoring a theme song contest. It is another first for the annual awards that celebrate, recognize and reward low-budget independent filmmakers.

“We are looking for a song that will play during our highly-anticipated awards ceremony,” said Terri Lee Chandler, Founder of the I See You Awards® program. “But, we’re not just looking for any song. We’re looking for one that will help represent and grow our brand; one that is unique and grabs the listener’s attention.”

The contest is now open through May 15, 2020 and those who would like to submit an entry may do so on FilmFreeway. In addition to having their song featured during the awards ceremony, the winner also will receive a Shure SM58 Dynamic Vocal Microphone, valued at $100, courtesy of Guitar Center.

More prize details are available below.

This year’s judges for the theme song contest are prolific film composer Evan Hodges and Oakland University music lecturer and musician Carly Uhrig.

This year marks the fourth year of the annual I See You Awards Black Tie, Blue Carpet awards ceremony. It will be held on August 30, 2020 at the beautiful Emagine Theater in Royal Oak. The public is invited and welcome to attend. The I See You Awards® is recognized as being one of the premiere events for low-budget independent filmmakers; those with budgets that do not exceed $700,000.

A full listing of this year’s three-day I See You Awards® celebration includes:

  • Thursday, August 27: a full day of film screenings

  • Friday, August 28: industry seminar and networking event

  • Sunday, August 30: Black Tie, Blue Carpet Awards Ceremony followed by an Afterglow

Prizes for winning the I See You Awards® Theme Song Contest:

  • The winning theme song will play during our annual Black Tie, Blue Carpet awards ceremony starting in August 2020 and during our other special events, such as the Afterglow that immediately follows the awards ceremony. The I See You Awards® may also, at its discretion, choose to play the song during our special events in subsequent years, as well. Note: The winning song will be streamed or played on a CD or video (if a video is provided; Blu-ray is the only acceptable video format).

  • Shure SM58 Dynamic Vocal Microphone, valued at $100, courtesy of Guitar Center.

  • Two complimentary passes to all 2020 I See You Awards® events (full day of film screenings, film industry workshop/seminar and black tie awards ceremony): $180 value. Travel is not included.

  • A profile on the I See You Awards® website with links on our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

About the judges:

Evan Hodges

Hodges was raised in a musical family in the small town of Athens, Alabama. He began singing and playing piano at the age of five, and at age 15, Hodges discovered the electric bass. He grew passionate about the instrument and pursued its study, intent on mastering his craft. In 2006, Hodges received a full scholarship to Jacksonville State University (JSU) with a focus in music. His studies at JSU required that he play the acoustic bass, and it became his primary instrument. After his junior year at JSU, Hodges relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, and finished his education at Georgia State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies.

In the Fall of 2013 while pursuing a career in live performance, Hodges injured his hand severely and no longer able to play acoustic bass, he decided to make a massive change. He went back to the basics of what he knew he loved: music and storytelling. He had always been enamored with composition and film scores, a passion that gripped him when he first saw Star Wars as a young child. With that passion fueling his decision, Hodges set his film scoring career in motion.

In the past six years, Hodges has scored more than 40 films, including both feature films and short films, two musicals, and a full video game soundtrack. Scoring comes intuitively to Hodges. His background and training in jazz music, with its highly improvisational component, allows him to adapt quickly and easily to score both simple and advanced thematic musical cues appropriate for every scene. In 2017, Hodges scored the feature, “The Canadoo”, and it has full US and international distribution. He was Emmy-nominated in 2018 for the PBS documentary feature, “My Dear Children”, which has full US distribution in all 50 states.

Carly Uhrig

Uhrig is a music lecturer (Foundations of Rock and Roll) and marketing manager for the Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance. Uhrig was recently nominated for the university's Excellence in Teaching Award and is consistently recognized as a faculty/staff "Impact Player" by Oakland University student-athletes. Prior to her time at OU, she was the Director of Bands for the Madison District Public Schools, where she was awarded the district’s Excellence in Teaching award. Under her direction, the Madison Bands performed at the Hancock Observatory in Chicago and Lincoln Center in New York City, as well as received Division I ratings in both marching and concert festivals at the district and state levels. Uhrig holds music degrees from both the University of Michigan (BM, Music Education) and New York University (MA, Music Business).

During her time in New York, Uhrig was employed by the New York Youth Symphony, Cherry Lane Music Publishing and the American Symphony Orchestra. She studied songwriting with film composer Ronald Sadoff and Grammy-winning songwriter Phil Galdston and spent a year apprenticing with children’s music superstar, Laurie Berkner. Her master’s thesis, "Rock Out With Your Juice Box!" examines the emergence and endurance of the kindie rock movement.

Uhrig is an active songwriter, as well as a performer; she plays Bb cornet in the Dodworth Saxhorn Band and has made guest recording appearances on the trumpet for a variety of rock artists. She currently lives in Rochester Hills with her husband David and sons Ray and Ben.

The 4th Annual I See you Awards® is proudly sponsored by Emagine Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Final Draft, Randazzo Formal Wear, The Lee Group, WWJ Newsradio 950 and ES Communications Agency, with Guitar Center as an additional sponsor of the I See you Awards® theme song contest.

Complete contest rules are available by clicking here.

The mission of the I See You Awards® is to recognize and reward low-budget independent filmmakers. The I See You Awards® fills a niche and creates a platform for recognizing independent filmmakers that is currently missing in mainstream Hollywood. For more information please visit the About section of our website.

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