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ADDY AWARD

A Silver Addy Award was recently awarded to the short film I directed, “Big Dreams, Small Canvases,” from the competitive Minneapolis market of the American Advertising Federation. I’m honored! Big congrats to agency Griffin Archer…

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INTERVIEW: THE GENEROSITY PARADOX

Elaine Montoya at motion.tv has posted an interview with me following my session: At the close of Joel Pilger’s talk: The Generosity Paradox, motion host Elaine Montoya sat down with Joel for a short interview and discussed…

LAST HIT

PASSWORD IS “hit”. Director: Gregory Herman, Director of Photography: Joel Pilger, Sound Design: Coupe Studios, Production Company: Impossible Pictures. Shot in just 2 days with no budget, crew or sleep.

DIRECTING KELSEY

I’m a huge Food Network fan so the opportunity to direct chef Kelsey Nixon (host of Kelsey’s Essentials and Food Network Star finalist) was a total blast. Shot on location in rural New Jersey.

HIT MAKING

Director Greg Herman and I hatched a harebrained scheme to produce a film in just two nights. With no crew. And no budget. With help from a fabulous volunteers and a couple…

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THE GENEROSITY PARADOX

Motion 2014 was another great experience of feeding the brain and hanging with my tribe. My session this year was entitled, “The Generosity Paradox” which can be viewed here.

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MINIATURE MARTINEZ

I recently directed a short film about the unique Denver artist, Joseph Martinez, exploring how big visuals can be captured in tiny spaces.

IMAGES OF THE WEST

This montage previews some moving images I captured in eastern Colorado with my good friend / MōVI / heli operator Chris Vallier. Somehow, images of the West never cease to inspire me.

JUNE 1994

It was June of 1994 when I founded Impossible Pictures. Back then, I could never have imagined the impossible 20 year journey that lay ahead…

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MŌVI UP TO SPEED

ON LOCATION IN THE VALLEY OF FIRE: CAN THE MōVI TAKE THE HEAT? For Velocity network, my production company produced a series of image and branding spots, all shot in Nevada’s…

LETTERPRESSING

When the time came to produce the ReKnew Manifesto using a letterpress printing process, I couldn’t resist capturing the experience.

CROSSING THE SANGRES

DO YOU HEAR THEM? “The mountains are calling and I must go.” — John Muir. Answering this call was a 4-day trek spanning the east to west breadth of Colorado’s Sangre…

PIKES PEAK 14,110′

WHAT DRIVES US? And how high will you climb? This is a short film about Jack and his dream of summiting one of Colorado’s most famous 14ers, Pikes Peak, via…

YOU TUBE, WE TUBE

A very short film capturing a fun-filled time tubing near Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Music: “Let Me Take You There” by the Plain White T’s.

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WELCOME

HELLO, MY NAME IS JOEL.   Welcome to my personal website. I’ve been filmmaking since I was 10 years old. Several decades later, I’m still striving to live a…