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WestDoc names PitchFest winner

Spirit/Will/Loss, a documentary directed by Erinnisse Heuer (pictured) and dealing with artists who continue to create following life-changing experiences, claimed a prize package worth US$25,000 at the close of the conference.
September 19, 2012

Spirit/Will/Loss, a documentary directed by Erinnisse Heuer (pictured) claimed a prize package worth US$25,000 at the close of the WestDoc documentary and reality programming conference, held in Culver City.

The film follows six artists who continue to create following life-changing experiences and personal tragedies. The prizing included a US$10,000 cash prize, a one-year all media music license from FirstCom Music; a $5000 post/edit package from Hollywood post facility Chainsaw; a Z-Finder PRO 2.5X DSLR optical viewfinder from Zacuto; and a 1HD Hero2 camera from GoPro Cameras.

The runner-up pitch was for Heart: Flatline to Finish Line, about heart patients running a triathalon, from Donald Bowman.

Winners were chosen from 12 finalists by a 15-member jury including: Elizabeth Jane Browde, Veria Living; Dave Davis, PBS Oregon; Laura Fleury, A&E; John Judalena, TLC; JT Ladt, National Geographic Channel; Megan Lawrence, WeTV; Melanie Moreau, CMT; David Padrusch, Travel Channel; David Sherman, agent, Kris Slava, Ovation; Adam Steinman, Warner Bros. International Television; Joe Weinstock, Discovery; Lee White, William Morris Agency; Brent Zacky, Logo; and Sean Zeid, agent, Kaplan Stahler.

“The quality just keeps getting better and better each year, and in watching the pitches, I definitely would not have been able to pick the winner because I think there were half a dozen of them that each could have won,” said WestDoc co-founderĀ and PitchFest committee chair Chuck Braverman.

The WestDoc Documentary and Reality Conference was held from September 9-12.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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