Ben Pitterle

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Ben Pitterle of Element 8 Productions
Fiona Goh, marathon swimmer featured in DRIVEN

Ben Pitterle is head of Element 8 Productions, an independent documentary film production company. He filmed, edited and produced DRIVEN, a documentary film about marathon swimming, together with Brian Hall.

The film is currently in production, and features marathon swimmers Fiona Goh, Cherie Edborg, and Evan Morrison, and their respective swims across the Santa Barbara Channel.


Pitterle is the Director, Writer and Producer of DRIVEN. Inspired by a love of documentary films and an experience participating in a near disastrous marathon swim in 2007, his vision is to create a film that resonates with marathon swimmers and the general public alike. In his real-life, Pitterle is an avid ocean enthusiast and a program director for non-profit organization devoted to protecting water quality and ocean habitat.


Described as "Without wetsuits, in the dead of night, three swimmers braved the cold open-ocean to realize a dream...", the community can assist by contributing towards post-production through Indiegogo.


Anacapa Island Circumnavigation

by swimmers Ned Denison, Liz Fry, and Fionnuala Walsh, escorted by Ben Pitterle, fed by Barbara Flanagan, and observed by Theo Schmeeckle and Lynn Kubasek

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