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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.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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