Oceanside student among Palomar College Emmy nominees

Three projects up for professional awards


Palomar College student Garrett Glassell (left) stands ready to film a scene for the independent project “Red Blooded” on Aug. 5, 2022, which was filmed partly at the San Marcos campus. Pictured with Glassell are actors Kevin Quezada (center) and Cayden Dillingham. Glassell’s own Palomar project, a public service announcement, recently earned an Emmy nomination. (Photo by Jennie Olson Six, courtesy of Mercury Cinema)

North Coast Current

Three Palomar College student media projects have earned regional Emmy nominations, the college announced June 9.

The projects ranged from short film and news broadcast to public service announcement.

Oceanside student Garrett Glassell’s public service announcement about gun violence tells the story of a mother and daughter going over the steps to take in the event of an active shooter. It concludes with a dramatic scene in which the mother receives a call from her daughter as shots are fired in the background.

“I just wanted it to be really powerful,” Glassell, 20, said in a Palomar College news release. “A movie can evoke such a powerful emotion. I wanted to strike the most fear in a hypothetical situation that isn’t so unusual anymore.”

The projects were created through the San Marcos community college’s award-winning Digital Broadcast Arts programs, part of the Media Studies department.

The short film “Simulation” was a collaboration of students Sam Pfoser, Mace Tegt, Cheyenne Bickle and Josh Miranda.

Film Professor Lisa Cecere said the project allowed students of varying experience levels to combine their talents.

“They worked so well together,” she said in the college’s news release. “They are very creative, and they all had different strengths that they brought to the film.”

For Patrick Shartzer, who was one of the students who worked on the nominated news production, working on the show provided him the opportunity to develop skills he could use in the profession.

“It gave me a lot of hands-on practical experience in all sides of media production,” Shartzer said in the news release. “It was as close as I could get to working at a news station and I’m really grateful for that.”

His segment was about an El Cajon nonprofit that is building emergency shelters for homeless people. In addition to Shartzer, students Reina Leftwick, Joseph Serrata, Kelli Sharton, Kyle Patton, Luis Aguilar, Raelle Vargas and Ryan Roberts worked on the show.

“These Emmy nominations demonstrate the excellent work being done by Palomar College students,” Superintendent/President Star Rivera-Lacey said in the college’s news release. “We’re proud that they are learning the skills to create some outstanding productions while gaining the experience necessary for their chosen craft.”

Winners will be announced June 17 at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Pacific Southwest Chapter ceremony in Palm Springs.

Last year, Glassell was the cinematographer for “Red Blooded,” a film now in post-production by North Coast Current and OsideNews publisher Roman S. Koenig.