Christine Fugate

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


Christine Fugate is an award-winning film producer and director whose work has appeared around the world. She explores the complexities of women’s lives in films like The Southern Sex and Mother Love. Her film Tobacco Blues was screened on board Air Force One for President Bill Clinton. Christine’s feature-length documentary The Girl Next Door had a theatrical run that placed her on ShowBIZ Data’s list of the Top 100 Directors. She was invited to participate in the Sundance Producers Conference with the film Grief Becomes Me: A Love Story.

Christine is currently in production on Moorea and Her Magic Kingdom, a documentary following the lives of three remarkable young adults with genetic syndromes, which will be released in Fall 2019. She also has produced and directed projects for VH1, the Discovery Channel, A&E, Bravo, and New Line Cinema. She has interviewed celebrities including Tom Hanks, Julie Andrews, and Johnny Depp. Over the past five years, she has specialized in unscripted filming overseas, including in Malawi, Great Britain, and Australia with the Sikh Lens project, a collection of films about Sikhs in the diaspora, and in Fiji, New Zealand, and Indonesia for the Travel Channel. Her directing career started at Five Star Productions in Thailand.

She has written the syndicated column “Mothering Heights” and its related book, and also enjoys writing short stories for literary journals and magazines. Christine has a bachelor’s in history from Tulane University and a master’s in Asian film and theater from the University of Hawai’i. She lives in Laguna Beach, California.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Fugate, Christine, Director and Writer. "Queen Moorea." Cake Plate Productions, 2022. 27 min.
Creator/Moderator. The Female Gaze Film Festival and Guest Panel. 11 March 2021, Via Zoom, Broadcast from Chapman University.
"The 2020 Blurs," Stu News Laguna January 2021: Digital
Fugate, Christine. "The Silver Thread." Beach Reads: Adrift. Ed. Rina Palumbo and Amy Dechary. Third Street Writers, 2020. Print and Digital
Fugate, Christine. "Paradise on the Right." Beach Reads: Beach Reads, Volume 3. Ed. Rina Palumbo and Amy Dechary. Third Street Writers, 2019. Print and Digital
Finding Peace in Shanghai," Pacific Coast Magazine September 2019: Print.
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 Palumbo and Amy Dechary. Third Street Writers, 2017. Print and Digital
Fugate, Christine. "Fairytale Magic Transforms Onstage." The Laguna Beach Independent, March 16, 2017. Print and Web.