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Christine Fugate

Assistant Professor
Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Office Location: Chapman Studios West 119
University of Hawaii At Manoa, Master of Arts


Dodge College Course: Directing I

Industry Affiliations: National League of American Pen Women

Christine Fugate brings an international flair to her teachings at Dodge College. “I love to travel. I have lived in England, Greece, Italy, Australia, Israel, and Thailand,” says Fugate as she hopes to teach abroad someday.

Fugate began her film career in the Thai film industry, directing English-speaking actors in Thai films, before moving back to the U.S. to work as French director Barbet Schroder’s assistant on Single White Female. Fugate went on to become Senior Vice President of Creative Affairs at Pacific Rim Productions, where she produced Natural Causes for HBO. Tiring of life as a movie executive, she started her own independent production company, Cafe Sisters Productions, and went on to produce and direct award-winning documentaries such as The Southern Sex, Mother Love, Tobacco Blues, and The Girl Next Door. Her most recent project, Grief Becomes Me, is currently screening at festivals and museums.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Fugate, Christine. Introduction. "Laguna Tales and Boomer Wails." Ed. James Utt. Laguna Beach: Heart Talk Press, 2018. Print.
Fugate, Christine. "Broken Fences." Beach Reads: Lost and Found, Volume 2. Ed. Rina Palumbo and Amy Dechary. Third Street Writers, 2018. Print.
Fugate, Christine. "Here Comes The Sun." Beach Reads: Here Comes the Sun. Ed. Rina Palumob and Amy Dechary. Third Street Writers, 2017. Print.
Fugate, Christine. "Fairytale Magic Transforms Onstage." The Laguna Beach Independent, March 16, 2017. Print and Web.