Sunday, June 17, 2012

Saddleback College Students’ inspirational documentary earns Silver

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Selected from 11,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA -  Saddleback College Cinema-Television-Radio (CTVR) students’ documentary From Bullets to Bubbles…earned them  Silver out of nearly 11,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries,  in the 33rd Annual Telly Awards

Saddleback College students Debra Hill (Producer/Director), Zac Rodriguez (Assistant Director), Ryan Rodriguez (Assistant Editor) and Larissa Garrett (Boom Operator) also took first prize for Best TV Documentary/ Public Affairs  at the 2011 National Student Media Convention in Orlando, Florida for this heartfelt documentary.  

From Bullets to Bubbles… is a documentary about a group of Disabled War Veterans who rebuild their war torn lives by learning to scuba dive through the Disabled Veterans Scuba Project.  It follows their progression from physical disability and pain, emotional withdrawal, isolation, and severe depression to a renewed sense of self confidence, camaraderie, hope, and relief from pain as they enter the deep to pursue the edgy sport of scuba diving.

A prestigious judging panel of over 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of  The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition.  The Silver Council evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work.  Entries do not compete against each other, rather entries are judged against a  standard of merit.  Less than 10% of entries are chosen as winners of the Silver Telly. 

Debra Hill
"Producing and Directing From Bullets to Bubbles was an awe- inspiring experience--something I will remember for a lifetime. I hope others will be as moved as I am by the story of these men and women!" said Producer/Director Debra Hill. 

For more than 20 years, the Cinema/Television/Radio Department (CTVR) at Saddleback College has been known for giving students hands-on experience. This means students design their film, shoot it, and you edit it. CTVR always puts the concept of bringing the “real world” into the classroom as a priority. Shooting on the latest technology including Red Digital Cinema and Final Cut Pro. Television courses offer studies in basic and advanced production for the college’s dedicated television station Channel 39. 

Saddleback students are given an opportunity to produce on-air programming and receive broadcast credits.  KSBR is a community service of Saddleback College.  The program continues the partnership between Saddleback College and the City of Mission Viejo. For more information on the Radio on TV monthly series and how to become part of the audience for the September 15th show, please tune to 88.5 KSBR or visit their website at

Located in Mission Viejo, Saddleback College provides quality higher education and training to the greater south Orange County community.  Having served more than 500,000 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers over 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals.  For more information, please visit and for Fine Arts information, please visit  

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