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Christine Fugate

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Christine Fugate
BornLos Angeles, California
OccupationFilmmaker, director, writer
GenreDocumentary Films, Independent films, interviews, journalism, television
Notable worksTobacco Blues (1998), Grief Becomes Me (2006)
Notable awardsShowbiz Data's Top 100 Directors

Christine Fugate (born 1964)[1] is an American film director of documentary films, writer, and professor of film at Chapman University.[2]

Fugate is known for her documentaries and independent films. She is also a journalist, interviewer, and author of Mothering Heights, a column which was published in the Laguna Beach Independent.[3] 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 Hawaiʻi, 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 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)[4] and The Girl Next Door (1999).[5][6] 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).[7]



  1. ^ Madigan, Nick; Dixon, Chris (June 3, 2005). "For Some, a Return Home; for Others, No Home to Go To". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on May 29, 2015. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  2. ^ "Christine Fugate (faculty bio)". Chapman.edu. Chapman University. Archived from the original on April 28, 2018. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  3. ^ "Mothering Heights | www.lagunabeachindependent.com | Laguna Beach Independent". Archived from the original on July 26, 2009. Retrieved October 11, 2008.
  4. ^ Goodman, Walter (June 9, 1998). "TELEVISION REVIEW; When Good People Grow a Dangerous Plant". The New York Times. Archived from the original on December 20, 2017. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  5. ^ "DER Documentary – The Girl Next Door". Archived from the original on November 1, 2008. Retrieved October 31, 2008.
  6. ^ Stamets, Bill (May 5, 2000). "Porn star documentary reveals little". Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved June 7, 2018 – via HighBeam Research.
  7. ^ "Grief Becomes Me". Archived from the original on July 25, 2008. Retrieved September 28, 2008.
  8. ^ Mannis, Valerie (October 31, 2000). "Constructing the Mothering Experience: Videos on Motherhood". Feminist Collections. 22 (1): 12. 221186202. Retrieved June 8, 2018 – via Proquest.
  9. ^ Koch, John (June 9, 1988). "'Tobacco' doesn't reach far enough". Boston Globe. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved June 6, 2018 – via HighBeam.
  10. ^ Clodfelter, Tim (June 13, 1988). "DOCUMENTARY TELLS STORIES OF 4 FAMILIES TRYING TO PRESERVE THEIR WAY OF LEAF". Winston Salem Journal. ProQuest 370429811.
  11. ^ Pevere, Geoff (July 14, 2014). "Unrestricted access to an unrestricted life". Toronto Star. ProQuest 438137141.
  12. ^ Lawrence, Robert (June 9, 1998). "For growers, tobacco is a way of life, not just a crop". The San Diego Union – Tribune. ProQuest 271599618.
  13. ^ Howe, Desson (June 13, 2003). "'The Girl Next Door': A Star in Porn". The Washington Post. ProQuest 409463567.
  14. ^ Siegel, Joel (June 19, 2003). "Sex, Lives, and Videotape; Capturing the Friedmans; The Girl Next Door". Washington City Paper. ProQuest 362676152.
  15. ^ Zebrowski, John (September 8, 2000). "Porn expose 'The Girl Next Door' is more sad than sexy". The Seattle Times. ProQuest 383381368.
  16. ^ David, Eliot (June 1, 2000). "Getting to know her; Porn actress is the 'Girl Next Door". San Diego Union – Tribune. ProQuest 271698316.
  17. ^ Holden, Stephen (April 14, 2000). "FILM REVIEW; When Heavy Breathing Is a Job Requirement". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on May 5, 2018. Retrieved June 7, 2018.

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