Caption: Loma Linda’s film team won Emmys in four categories. Pictured from left: Michael Wolcott, MA, video production specialist; Maranatha Hay, former video production specialist; Patricia Thio, associate director of PR video; and Cosmin Cosma, MA, video production specialist. Not pictured is Larry Kidder, MA, special projects editor. (Courtesy of Roesink Photography)
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences named “Loma Linda 360” the best health/sciences program and the best magazine program in the region at the 37th Annual Pacific Southwest Emmy Awards. The film team from the office of university relations at Loma Linda University won Emmys in four categories.
According to Patricia Thio, associate director of PR video, “Loma Linda 360” highlights Loma Linda’s unique stories of transforming lives. “We tell these stories so that the community can experience what Loma Linda is all about,” she says, “and to inspire viewers to help make a positive difference.”
“Loma Linda 360,” episode three, won the Emmy Award in the health/science program category. It featured the documentary “Stephanie’s Heart” about Baby Fae who made national headlines in 1984. Directed by Michael Wolcott and produced by Larry Kidder, this story unveils the point of view of Baby Fae’s mother for the first time. Episode three showcased part two of the film, where viewers see the public outcry, the heartbreak of a mother, and the astonishing beginning of successful infant heart transplant surgery.
First-time-nominated winner, Michael Wolcott will always remember that moment he stepped onto the stage to receive his first Emmy Award. “I'm not quite sure exactly what I said in my acceptance speech,” he says, “all I really remember is just staring at the Emmy the whole time.”
In the human interest category, the Academy awarded “Crossing Out Fear” about a teenage boy, Alex, whose life was drastically changed by a train accident and the Schumacher family who fear the future of their disabled children. Directed by Patricia Thio and filmed by Cosmin Cosma, the film shows how PossAbilities members still overcome and thrive with their disablities.
First-time-nominated winner, Cosmin Cosma is grateful for the people who share their lives and stories with him. Prior to working at Loma Linda, he worked in the broadcast news industry, so he enjoys the change to in-depth storytelling. “Producing a documentary television show is a rewarding experience,” Mr. Cosma says. “It let’s you get to know and share an experience with our subjects at a time of great importance in their life. “
“Baby Blue,” directed by Maranatha Hay, won the Emmy Award in the category of Documentary – Topical. Each year in Egypt alone, 20,000 children are diagnosed with a congenital heart disease, like Roukaia, a 2-year-old-girl from Alexandria, Egypt, who received her death sentence the day she was born. Doctors from opposite sides of the globe work together to save thousands of cyanotic children who are waiting in a line that is ultimately longer than their lifetimes.
“Loma Linda 360,” episode 5, won the Emmy Award in the magazine program category, featuring “Baby Blue” and “Crossing Out Fear,” naming it the best magazine TV program in the region.
This is the show’s second year to win Emmy Awards. Last year, LLU swept its categories by bringing home three Emmys. Season three of “Loma Linda 360” aired last year on the PBS affiliate, KVCR and KVCR-DC. It also airs on Hope Channel and Loma Linda Broadcasting Network, and can be viewed online at llu.edu/360, youtube.com/lomalinda360, and vimeo.com/channels/ll360. The next season is set to air at the end of this year.
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