"The documentary focuses on all sides of the crash: The victim, the victims' families, and the offender. "
Thursday, November 8, 2007
by Tom Shevlin
East Bay RI Newspapers

"Film aims to reduce drunken driving"
10:19 AM EST on Friday, November 30, 2007
By Amanda Milkovits
Providence Journal Staff Writer

"To watch the film The Impact of Your Choice is to see lives arrested in pain."
"The impact is endless. "
David Wilson, of Bristol, remembers his 15-year-old daughter Erica, who died when the drunken teenager giving her a ride crashed in August 2005.
The girls in the car had all lied to their parents about staying over at different houses. He’d taught her the rules because he never wanted to get that
phone call in the night saying something had happened to her. “And then I got the phone call,” he said.
   Wednesday, December 5, 2007
      by Beth Herman
      East Bay Newspapers

                         EAST PROVIDENCE – For some, there's a turning point  in life             
                     where an unanticipated event points them in a direction they couldn't   
                   have imagined. If they're really fortunate, that direction has a profound  impact on others as well.

For documentary filmmaker Deborah Hoch, the genesis of that event was a 2004 automobile accident 300 feet from her Seekonk home – one in
which she narrowly missed being a victim herself – and where the image of "someone's son laying there" continued to haunt her.

"I was the first one there," she said, "and after, I'd go to the window for months," the scene playing over and over in her head. The path she chose
to follow, a film about underage drinking from the perspective of both victims and perpetrators, eventually took form not so much by duty as by a
sense of outrage, and not so much by convention as by the concept that breaking with convention was the only way to deliver her message.
M  E  G  A  S  T  A  R
Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority of Johnson and Wales University.  I wanted to send you the pictures we took in November from the
event.  Again thank you so much for coming and speaking and showing your film, Breast Health Awareness, you are a living inspiration and we
are honored to have met you.


Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority
Zeta Alpha Chapter


Documenting the choices we make
by Jim McGaw

  • Filmmaker Deb Hoch of Seekonk creates educational videos focusing on drinking and driving, breast health awareness, teen dating and domestic
    violence, self-esteem and more

  • Deb Hoch discusses the time, in 2008, when she learned she had breast cancer shortly after starting an educational film on breast health awareness.
  • Deb Hoch operates a camera at Seekonk Cable 9 studios, where she learned the tricks of her trade: documentary filmmaking. She also hosts a weekly
    cable program called “Women’s Outlook.”

Deb Hoch was just starting work on a new documentary film about breast health two years ago when life suddenly started imitating art.
“Three months into my research and setting up interviews, I was diagnosed with breast cancer,” said Ms. Hoch, a 56-year-old Seekonk resident.
The owner of the nonprofit Megastar Production, Inc. initiated the documentary series focusing on early detection because she was alarmed by how many
women are diagnosed with breast cancer (about one in eight).

She never thought she’d be one of those statistics, however. For the ultimate irony, Ms. Hoch was diagnosed on the very day she met with the Gloria Gemma
Breast Cancer Resource Foundation in regards to her film project. Her doctor recommended a double mastectomy, but she was in denial.
“‘I don’t have time for this,’” she recalled telling the doctor. “‘I’m starting filming next week.’ I was going to ignore it, thinking this was too bizarre. I can’t be
working on a breast health film and get diagnosed with breast cancer. There’s no way — somebody’s made a mistake here.”

She scheduled surgery but ended up canceling it. Then her husband reminded her of her work’s meaning. Ms. Hoch’s documentary series, under the banner
“The Impact Of Your Choice,” had debuted the previous year with a film on underage drinking and reckless driving.“My husband told me, ‘You’ve completed one
film about youths making a choice about the impact they’re having on people, and you’re not doing that,’” she said.

So, in June 2008 she underwent the double mastectomy and has been healthy ever since (“Knock on wood”). Now she’s busy finishing up the next part of her
drinking and driving series and has started work on the next portion of her breast health series. In addition she’s started her next youth series film, this one
focusing on teen dating violence. A trailer for that documentary will be screened at the upcoming R.I. International Film Festival (RIIFF), in which she’s serving
as a judge.

Her award-winning educational films — she’s won an Emmy and several Telly awards — are shown in schools, at driver education classes, hospitals and
wherever else her target audience can be found.
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