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Element 8 Productions

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Cherie Edborg, a marathon swimmer featured in the documentary film DRIVEN by Element 8 Productions
Fiona Goh, a marathon swimmer and high school student featured in the documentary film DRIVEN by Element 8 Productions
Evan Morrison, a marathon swimmer featured in the documentary film DRIVEN by Element 8 Productions

Element 8 Productions is an independent documentary film production company. Headed by creative filmmaker Ben Pitterle, together with Brian Hall, Element 8 Productions filmed, edited and produced DRIVEN, a documentary film about marathon swimming. 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.


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 here.


Ben Pitterle

Ben 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, Pitterle's vision is to create a film that resonates with marathon swimmers and the general public alike. In his real-life, he is an avid ocean enthusiast and a program director for non-profit organization devoted to protecting water quality and ocean habitat.

Brian Hall

Brian Hall is the Director of Photography, Editor and Co-producer of DRIVEN. Hall is a freelance cinematographer and photographer whose work has been featured in many projects over the last ten years including the 11-hour PBS series, Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Adventures. He has covered stories for the New York Times and Smithsonian and his photographs have appeared in many other publications.

Marcus Baertschi

Marcus Baertschi wrote and scored the music for DRIVEN. He is a multi-instrumentalist with over 30 years of experience playing, writing and recording music. "To me, everything is musical. The tones resonating from a car fender when it is played as percussion, noises echoing thru a subway or the wind blowing through the trees, it all equals frequency and resonance and is the form of universal language that makes the most sense to me."


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