Joe Pontecorvo

BEARTREK Producer and Director of Photography, Wildlife Media Co-Founder and Board Member

Joe Pontecorvo is an award-winning producer and cinematographer. His fascination with the natural world, and curiosity about other cultures has taken him around the globe - from Siberia to Africa, Thailand to Peru, Alaska to Borneo. His commitment to the preservation of wilderness and wildlife continues to fuel his work.

Joe's most recent work, Bears of the Last Frontier, led him on a three thousand mile odyssey across the remote Alaskan wilderness to film all three species of North American bears: black bears, brown bears, and polar bears. The three part series can be seen on PBS Nature.

In the heat of the jungle, Joe produced and shot Kingdom of the Elephants - a coming of age story about a girl and her elephant on an epic trek along the Thai/Burmese border. The film won Best Natural History Documentary at the 2008 Asian Television Awards. In the frozen Siberian Taiga, Joe produced and filmed a team of Russian and American scientists struggling to save wild Siberian tigers from extinction. In the Shadow of the Tiger won the Emerald City Award for Best Documentary, and was shown the world over on Discovery Channel, and National Geographic International.

Joe's other work includes: Director of Photography for PBS Nature's Wolverine: Chasing the Phantom; Series Producer and Director of Photography on the four-part documentary series, MEKONG: Soul of a River for Animal Planet International and Discovery HD; and Producer/Cameraman/Writer on a one-hour special, Kingdom of the Elephants for Animal Planet International.

Joe is also co-founder and producer at Wildlife Media, where he uses film to aid in the preservation of wilderness, and the conservation of species. Currently, Joe is working on a Snow Monkey documentary for PBS Nature, and co-producing BEARTREK, a feature length film about the most endangered bears on Earth- for theatrical release.

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