Joe began his passion for film making in 2003. But after trying his hand at the cinematography end of the camera soon realized that that was not his forte so turned to the producer role. Joe’s film projects have won numerous awards and played in four different continents and numerous countries.
What happens when you get a film crew to follow every step of 30-day intense field school experience to Peru with fifteen students? It gets uncomfortable. This is a ground breaking film of the trials and tribulations of experiential learning and the growth that students experience. It has been said that a great benefit to this type of experiential learning is that you learn there are a million ways to live a life and most of them are very good. Joe Pavelka: Executive Producer
In 2011 and 2012, Joe Pavelka led a community based tourism project along the Salkantay Trail of the Peruvian Andes. The Salkantay Trail is a key route to the famed Machu Picchu but unlike the Inka Trail, this trail includes numerous indigenous communities living along the trail. This project provided local families with tourism market research and supports to assist their own community based tourism businesses and connect with the growing tourism industry traveling along their lands.
Canoes for Peru is a community based ecotourism and learning project hatched by the Huamani Family of the Peruvian Amazon and Joe Pavelka of Mount Royal University. The project involved a massive crowd funding effort to secure canoes from Canada and ship them to the Amazon. A student group then went down and canoed the Madre de Dios River. This is an adventure with so many facets and continues today. The film was produced by Kieran Hodges and his crew and played in eighteen festivals on four continents while winning five awards. Joe Pavelka was the Executive Producer for the film Canoes for Peru
Life along the Trail provides stunning images that portray the nuances of life intersecting tradition and modernity. This short film provides a glimpse of the challenges of communities transitioning into tourism from their previous agricultural and subsistence lifestyle. The trail and people involved have been part of Joe Pavelka’s teaching and research in Peru since 2008. Joe Pavelka, Executive Producer.
(Photo: Jason Wright)
"Joe Pavelka has immense talent in facilitation of projects that engage community stakeholders, propelling them to exceed their potential.
Dr. Pavelka’s business acumen and industry savvy allows a co-creation of economically viable solutions with his clients that transform destinations and projects to sustainable success!" - Laura Ell, MA