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|Born||Los Angeles, California|
|Occupation||Filmmaker, Director, Writer|
|Genre||Documentary Films, Independent Films, Interviews, Journalism, Television|
|Notable works||Tobacco Blues (1998), Grief Becomes Me (2006)|
|Notable awards||Showbiz Data's Top 100 Directors|
Christine Fugate is an American film director specializing in documentaries and independent films. She is also a journalist, interviewer, and author of Mothering Heights, a now monthly online column also published in the Laguna Beach Independent. In 2008, she edited a collection of essays by women sharing diverse perspectives on the same subject, The Mothering Heights Manual for Motherhood, Volume I.
Fugate was born in Los Angeles. She completed a Master of Fine Arts in Asian film and theater at the University of Hawaii, and her thesis, The Power to Choose: Women in Thai Film, 1975-1990, is on file at the university's library. She returned to Los Angeles in the nineties to begin her work as a filmmaker. Fugate married in 2000 and is a mother of two children.
Fugate began her career in 1990 as French director Barbet Schroeder's assistant for the film, Single White Female. Subsequently, she worked as Creative Vice President for Pacific Rim Productions where she was an Associate Producer on the HBO film, Natural Causes, in 1994.
In the late 1990s, Fugate produced and directed a series of independent films, including The Southern Sex (1992), Mother Love (1996), Tobacco Blues (1998), and The Girl Next Door (1999). Fugate rendered the poetry of writer Donna Hilbert for the screen in Grief Becomes Me (2005), which premiered at the Kentucky Women Writers Conference and at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival. Fugate went on to create a biopic connecting Hilbert's life and work, titled Grief Becomes Me: A Love Story (2009).
- The Southern Sex (1992)
- Mother Love (1996)
- Tobacco Blues (1998)
- The Girl Next Door (1999)
- Grief Becomes Me (Short Film) (2006)
- Grief Becomes Me: A Love Story (2009)