July 4, 2017

Series Focused on Transformed Lives Captures Six Awards

Nancy Yuen, Loma Linda University News

Loma Linda University Health featured prominently during the 47thannual regional Emmy Awards.The awards were presented by the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Saturday night, June 24, in San Diego, California, United States.

“Life on the Line,” a documentary TV series that highlights Loma Linda’s stories of transforming lives, won Emmy Awards in six of its seven nominated categories.

Mound City Films produces “Life on the Line,” contracting with Loma Linda University Health’s Department of Advancement Films. The show tells stories of hope and courage arising from Loma Linda University Health.

On the red carpet with their Emmy Awards, from left: Garrett Caldwell, Michael Wolcott, James Pendorf, Keturah Reed, Patricia Kelikani, Cosmin Cosma and Erik Edstrom. [Photo: Loma Linda University News]

Cosmin Cosma, director of Advancement Films at Loma Linda University Health, said he is thankful for the talent and dedication the team has put into producing the series. “Receiving television’s highest award is a testament to their commitment to professionalism,” he said. “It’s our privilege to share stories of hope and courage arising from Loma Linda University Health’s medical work.”

The team has previously received a total of 13 regional Emmys, one of which was for “Life on the Line,” which is now in its third season.

Cosma said the documentary film form is a lengthy process, with filmmakers often spending a year or more experiencing the journey side by side with the individuals who are sharing their stories.

“Receiving recognition from the members of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences boosts our morale and gives us the energy and drive to tell more stories,” Cosma said.

“By bringing their artistry and technical skill into the difficult moments of our patients lives, these filmmakers craft powerful stories that hearten all involved and create meaning out of what are some of life’s darkest points,” said Garrett Caldwell, executive director of public affairs at Loma Linda University Health. “Their work beautifully illustrates the faithfulness of our employees to fulfill our mission to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Pacific Southwest Chapter serves television professionals in San Diego, Bakersfield, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Santa Maria.

The chapter received over 900 entries for the 47thshow, 217 of which were nominated. From those, more than 100 Emmy Awards were given.