Jan Cannon has over 25 years of experience working on commercial, industrial, documentary, and feature films.  He specializes in documentary films related to sustainability and art.

His films, distinguished by a strong artistic sensibility, have additionally been influenced by his two decades of experience working as a studio potter.

His pottery is in The British Museum, the Crocker Art Museum, and many private collections.

With his strong sense of visual composition, precise editing skills, and keen ability to connect with people, he helps clients and subjects share their ideas and tell their stories in a compelling and elegant way.   Contact him to learn how he might help you tell your story in a way that stands out from the rest of the crowd.


I began my film career in South Florida in the early 1970s working on feature, commercial, documentary and industrial films.  I worked primarily as a cameraperson and editor.

My first job was working for the legendary Stanley Colbert at Mini Films (later known as  Co-Productions), from whom I learned so much.  At the beginning of his career Stan had been a literary agent and was Jack Kerouac’s agent for “On the Road.”   Later he was the executive in charge of production for Ivan Tors Studios in Miami, where he produced Flipper, Gentle Ben, and many other shows, before starting Mini Films.  After Mini Films/Co-Productions Colbert returned to Canada to become an executive producer at CBC and in the late 1980’s he  became president and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers of Canada.  Another interesting fact is that Eric Clapton’s “461 Ocean Boulevard” was named for Stan’s beach house in Hollywood, Florida!

In the mid 1970s I went to work for the Filmmakers Group in Fort Lauderdale and also worked freelance elsewhere in the south Florida area.  During that time I had the good fortune to be able to work with some top film editors such as Fima Noveck, Michael Luciano and most closely with Angelo Ross.  In 1981 I moved to Boston, where I worked for several years as a video editor at Cinemagraphics/Video One and then at WGBH.

While in Boston I discovered pottery and left filmmaking to become a studio artist for the next twenty years (www.jancannonpottery.com). During that period I studied ceramics at the Radcliffe Pottery Studio in Somerville, MA, and traveled extensively throughout Asia studying ceramics in China, Korea, Japan and Thailand.  I was an artist-in-residence in Calhoun College at Yale University and director of the ceramics program at Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1993 I established my pottery studio in Charlotte, Vermont. I have served on the board of directors for the Vermont Crafts Council, The Ferrisburgh Artisan’s Guild and the Shelburne Art Center.

In 2005, having become interested in sustainability issues, I decided to return to making films. Vermont had many groups and individuals promoting ideas about sustainable living and I felt it was important that those voices be recorded. Observing that many people still didn’t understand the challenges posed by over-consumption, climate change and peak oil, I decided that I wanted to be more actively involved in working for positive change in the world, especially by using film to educate and promote ideas of sustainable living.

When I returned to filmmaking, I still had the sensibility of a studio artist. During the time I had been away from filmmaking the technology had changed radically and I was now able to work completely independently in what was traditionally one of the most collaborative of mediums. Working independently allowed me to maintain a low profile and achieve an intimacy on projects that would otherwise be unachievable with a larger, more conventional filmmaking approach.  As a studio artist the expression of beauty was always the primary aim of my work; and it remains so in my work as a filmmaker.


My independent documentary films explore issues of sustainability and art through the lens of individuals working for a more aesthetic and sustainable world.

In addition to making my own films I also work as a freelance editor and cinematographer.

An Uncommon Curiosity: at home & in nature with BERND HEINRICH (60 min.) 2011



His Own Master: The Art of William Accorsi (31 min.) 2008



Health & the Hive: A Beekeeper’s Journey (53 min.) 2008



Marching for Action on Climate Change (55 min.) 2007



RADICALLY simple (35 min.) 2006 




living lighter, living better (15 min.) 2006


Please see my photo services below and to view my photography please go to:






If you have treasured pictures that need restoring I am able to make corrections and enlarge them at up to 10 times their original size (great for cell phone photos too)! I will provide you with a full-resolution digital file that you can print from yourself or I can print them for you on archival papers that will last over 100 years. Please contact me for a free estimate. You may be surprised at how affordable this service is.




I am available to help you capture that outstanding image that best represents you, your family, company, or event in a way that stands out from the rest of the crowd.

One of the most important skills I have developed over the years as a documentary filmmaker is the ability to put people at ease with the camera and the documentary process. Whether my subject is a seasoned pro, or having pictures taken professionally for the first time, I strive to create an environment of respect and trust. Please contact me for further information about how I might assist you in making a truly memorable photographic record.




I guarantee my work unconditionally. If for any reason you are not satisfied with my services there will be no charge.

A. “The Professional Image Package” is for professionals in need of quality character profiles for corporate web, social media, publications, or press releases. If you do business on the Web, Skype, Linked-in, Facebook, Gmail, etc., why not build your image and look your best? $195 includes up to 1 1/2 hours of shooting, professional quality prints (at cost), and web and print ready files.

B. “The ‘Let’s Get it Right For A Change’ Family Package” is for be-yourself-at-home, or on-location, professional family photos. A refreshing alternative to standard studio smiles. $395 includes up to 3 hours of shooting, professional quality prints (at cost), and web and print ready files.

Consider giving one of these packages as a gift!