Craftsman

TV & Film Production | Boston, Massachusetts, USA

As a freelancer, Wesley has 6+ years of experience in independent and commercial film production.  On set, Wesley is an professional, organized, creative problem solver who knows how to make everyone's lives easier. He enjoys taking on leadership rolls, prioritizing the big picture and working with new teams.

2021
  • Guy Walks Into A Bar, A STAR IS DEAD, Key Grip
  • Gnarly Bay, L.L. Bean, Grip
  • Wanderlust Content, Yale Medical, Grip
  • HeyLetsGo!, Playdoh, Key Grip
  • Persistent Productions, Yo-Yo Ma Music Video, Grip
  • White Cherry Ent., NBC, Kennedy Center Honors, Assistant Production Office Coordinator
2020
  • Done + Dusted, FOX, New Year’s Eve with Steve Harvey, Production Assistant
2019
  • PBS, Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, Production Assistant
  • Done + Dusted, National Geographic, Yellowstone Live: Season 2, Production Assistant
  • Capitol Concerts, Inc., A Capitol Fourth 2015-2019, Production Assistant
2018
  • Tall Pony Productions, Inc., Miss America, Production Assistant
  • First-Names Films, Mass Hysteria, Grip
  • Capitol Concerts, Inc., National Memorial Day Concert 2015-2017, Production Assistant
Currently, he freelances in Greater Boston and New Hampshire and is available to work in various roles:
  • Grip or G&E Swing
  • Videographer / 2nd Camera
  • Assistant Camera / 2nd AC
  • Production Coordinator
  • Key Production Assistant
  • Media Production Consultant

Artist

Observational Documentary | Ethnographic Non-fiction

Wesley is drawn towards stories that explore the complexities and paradoxes of contemporary religion and our relationship to it. His work centers human dignity and references ethnographic methodologies and perspectives. He holds a BA in Media and Screen Studies & Religious Studies from Northeastern University.

His first festival film (co-directed with Anthony Farenwald), The Cloud of Unknowing (2019) won Best NH Short Documentary at the New Hampshire Film Festival and was an Official Selection of Orlando Film Festival and BendFilm Festival. The film made its broadcast debut on Vermont PBS the day after Christmas 2019.

Wesley is currently in pre-production for his debut documentary feature film, Peace Cathedral.

* SEEK THE SUBLIME * ELEVATE THE MUNDANE * DEESCALATE VIOLENCE *

Little River, LLC

Co-Founder, Documentary Director


Little River is an independent, non-fiction film collaborative founded by Wesley Cannon and Anthony Farenwald that produces impact documentary media for education, social empowerment and environmental changethrough a model of partnership.

We believe that change starts upstream. Grassroot nonprofit organizations are where crucial social and environmental work is being done. It is our mission to create innovative, documentary work through co-grant writing and synergistic partnership.

PEACE CATHEDRAL

16mm-4k, HD │ Stereo │ Pre-Production

Peace Cathedral is a liturgical and observational reflection on spiritual peacemaking. In Tbilisi, Georgia, a historically persecuted Baptist community resists Islamophobia and defends LGBTQ+ rights, sharing a powerful example of what social justice looks like for communities of faith. Led by Bishops Malkhaz Songulashvili and Rusudan Gotsiridze, the church begins construction on an interfaith peace center to create a haven for Georgia’s religious and non-religious minorities.



THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING

16mm-2k, HD │ Stereo │ 2019

“A Trappist monastery in Spencer, Massachusetts and spiritual seekers in the city of Boston, explore themes of contemplation, Christian mysticism and the quest for God.”

The Cloud of Unknowing (2019) won Best NH Short Documentary at the New Hampshire Film Festival and was accepted into the Orlando Film Festival as well as the BendFilm Festival. The film made its broadcast debut on Vermont PBS the day after Christmas 2019.

In 2018, Anthony Farenwald (co-director) and myself approached St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, MA with our concept for a documentary about the monastery. With the Abbot’s permission, we interviewed some of the monks and discreetly filmed during prayer.

The title, The Cloud of Unknowing, is derived from the 14th century text of the same name. The text is a spiritual guide on contemplative prayer in the late Middle Ages.

The film can also be viewed on the Spencer Abbey website.