About the Filmmaker

“My true passion as an indie-filmmaker is resurrecting
lost or forgotten women’s stories.”

Marian Gagnon, Ph.D., has been making documentaries since 2004. She founded Goodnight Irene Productions: An Indie-Documentary Film Company in honor of her mother, Irene. Her background and 15 years experience as an award-winning journalist have paved the way for her avocation as Writer, Director and Producer of documentaries. She serves on the board of Communipod Media Arts, Inc., and is an active member of the Women’s Documentary Collective in R.I.

Marian also is a full-time Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, teaching film studies, journalism, visual literacy, speech communications and literature. 

Her first documentary – HERstory: The Founding Mothers of Johnson & Wales University – was nominated for a New England Emmy in 2004 and continues to air on R.I.’s PBS station. Men of Vision, her second documentary on the unique history of that institution, was produced in 2008 and in December 2010, she completed the third and final documentary for the Johnson & Wales trilogy. All three films consistently air on R.I. PBS. 

Marian was born and raised in Manchester, N.H. but has lived the majority of her adult life in southern Rhode Island. She has a B.A. in Journalism, a M.A. in Teaching, and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Media Studies and the Documentary Genre.