• Title Associate Professor, Film
  • Office 704 Commonwealth Ave, 407A
  • Education BA, Bowdoin College
    MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mary-Jane Doherty, an associate professor of film and a two-time finalist for the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, teaches film production courses including her innovative approach to the narrative documentary. She trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she produced Gravity, a film about experimental astrophysicists, then free-lanced for Northern Light Productions, Blackside, and VIDA Health Inc.

Doherty emerged as a filmmaker in her own right with two feature films following children growing up within the Cuban Ballet System: Secundaria (2013) and Primaria (2016) each awarded theatrical solo screenings and international film festival credits. In 2017, Doherty received a theatrical retrospective of her 30-year film production career.

In 2020, Doherty will release two projects: Let the River Run, a film about the Boston Children’s Chorus, and The Fishing Widows of Bay St. Lawrence, a combination prose and film essay about a group of fishing widows in a remote part of Nova Scotia. Also, she will produce an epilogue for Gravity, which became necessary once the film’s subject, Rainer Weiss, won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics. In 2017 Doherty was awarded the $10 thousand inaugural City of Boston Artist Fellowship.

Departments/Site Areas
Film & Television