Megan McHugh

Megan McHugh is a documentary filmmaker based in San Francisco. She produces and directs films with Joseph De Mario for Art Curved Straight. McHugh grew up in Denver, Colorado and spent four years in New Mexico completing a Bachelor of Arts in Documentary Studies.

Megan McHugh © 2014 Joseph De Mario

Her education at the College of Santa Fe gave her access to hands-on opportunities working on film projects in Santa Fe and rural New Mexico. McHugh produced short documentaries in New Mexico: The Flamenco Dancer, That's Where I Was, Gangs at Cuba High, A Feminine Experience. In these works she emphasizes the importance of diversity and self-expression while unraveling people's stories.

With each project, McHugh intuitively uses digital technologies in inventive ways, sometimes incorporating traditional art media. Her films are formally beautiful yet they exist within a documentary framework.

McHugh’s first feature, WORDS, documents a journey to northern India made by sixteen teenagers in the summer of 2008. In 2014, the film was an Official Selection at the Albuquerque Film & Media Experience in New Mexico. During 2008 and 2009, McHugh also worked with filmmaker Ed Radtke on a series of projects in New Mexico and Costa Rica.

In 2010, McHugh spent a year in Los Angeles working in the Hollywood film industry. She interned with documentary filmmaker Ondi Timoner, was Location Manager for the feature Sound of My Voice and Director of Photography on several promotional videos for Evian Water entitled Live Young L.A. These films, completed during her college years and beyond, and coupled with her work in Hollywood and foreign projects, gave McHugh valuable experience in production and digital media. Most importantly - the breadth of this experience helped her to find her voice.

McHugh has focused on Producing and Directing for Art Curved Straight since moving to San Francisco in 2011. RESTROOM premiered in 2013 at the Castro Theater in San Francisco. Her “short without dialogue” was an Official Selection at the 36th Starz Denver International Film Festival and at the NewFilmmakers/ WinterFest in New York City.

Demolition:Troll, an Official Selection at the 37th Mill Valley Film Festival in 2014, is a tale about a troll that protected the San Francisco Bay Bridge for 24 years. The documentary has also been presented at the Oakland Museum of California, the Paramount Theater and San Francisco’s Roxie Theater as an Official Selection at SF DocFest.

In March 2014, Firebreak, premiered at the Castro Theater in San Francisco. Co-directed by McHugh and Joseph De Mario, it is their response to a 2011 memorial for fallen San Francisco firefighters when hundreds of fire trucks rode down Gough Street.

Since 2015, McHugh has been directing and editing videos which document exhibitions, interviews and artist presentations at SF Camerawork related to contemporary photography and video for a new SFC Video Archive, produced by Art Curved Straight. Some examples are: Strange Developments - Women in Video Art, Strange Developments - Alternative Process Photography in the Bay Area, Meghann Riepenhoff in conversation with Emily Lambert and a presentation about the work of photographers Saul Bromberger and Sandra Hoover - Portrait of Caring: Living with AIDS at the Bailey-Boushay House. In addition, Megan McHugh and Joseph De Mario are working on their latest documentary Revolving Doors: Chris Fraser @ SF Camerawork and expect completion in late 2016.

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