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About Us

About Us


Canobie Films makes documentaries that mostly examine the less well known, both issues and persons, through a kaleidoscope of perspectives.  Our films engage with art, education, and culture.


At Canobie Films, we are inspired by the visual, the unseen, and the odd turn of events.

Our Team

Jyll Johnstone


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Jyll has been directing and producing her documentaries through Canobie Films since 1993. She tends to focus on unheralded women characters. Her work has been featured at the Sundance Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival and the film festivals of Palm Springs, Toronto, San Francisco, Bologna, London and Hong Kong, as well as a variety of museums.

Michael Arlen Davis


Michael Arlen Davis has had a supporting role at Canobie Films since 1993. In the past 25 years, he has been engaged in a variety of businesses that span food and fiber, including organically-grown, naturally-colored cotton, sustainably-harvested timber, biodynamic agriculture, organic and wild-crafted herbs and microalgae.

Christian Figueroa



Christian Figueroa is a Salvadoran Filmmaker based in San Francisco. His productions and interests as a Filmmaker are centered on social issues, such as representations of trauma, cultural identities and historical memory. He has a degree in in Civil Engineering and a Master of Fine Arts - Cinema Production from San Francisco State University. He’s also a newlywed.

Victoria Montero


Victoria Bezanilla

Victoria is Canobie Film’s resident photographer; her photographs are seen throughout this website. She has a degree in graphic design and works professionally in the film industry. 'Guerrilleras', which she co-directed, includes both photography and a documentary film about the experience of guerrilla women during the Salvadoran Civil War. Born and raised in Argentina, Victoria recently moved to San Francisco for love.

Andrea Maggard


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Andrea studied political science, economics, and business management, and built a career around new product research and strategy. Whenever she had time off from school or work, she immersed herself in the stories of films, books, and her friends. At Canobie, Andrea has a wide range of responsibilities relating to the films and the business.

Matt O'Connor



Matt O’Connor is the principal researcher for Canobie Films. Matt has a biology degree, has experience in finance and research, and enjoys researching classic baseball stadiums.

Gabija Safranavicius


Gabija Safranavicius is currently a second year student at U.C. Berkeley, pursuing  a B.A. in Social Welfare and Interdisciplinary Field Studies (with a concentration on Science, Technology, and Society). Her goals after graduation are to backpack through Japan and Canada, and to return to graduate school to further cultivate her love of learning and research.

Jennifer Brennan


Jennifer is the latest addition to the Canobie team, and is looking forward to working on a range of films. She is a first generation American, hailing from a fun and wild Irish family. She grew up in Petaluma, and currently resides in the city of San Francisco. In her spare time, she loves exploring Mt. Tam with Hugo the Bernese Mountain dog and traveling the world.

Our Collaborators


Paul Zehrer
Chikara Motomura
Eric Ivey

Nicholas Blair Media

Nicholas Blair
Tom Bergin