Cruz Angeles

Posted January 16, 2015

Brooklyn, NY

Cruz Angeles is a screenwriter and director. He received an MFA from New York University’s film school. When Angeles was five his parents moved to Los Angeles where he was bussed from his Watts neighborhood to Bel Air to attend school. He credits this experience of observing the economic polarities of L.A. to his becoming a storyteller. Abuela’s Revolt (2001), about a Mexican grandmother raising her grandson in the U.S., won a Best Latino Student Director award from the Director’s Guild of America. His debut feature, Don’t Let Me Drown (2008), is a love story between two young Latinos and occurs just after 9/11; it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.


Don’t Let Me Drown, 2009; film poster courtesy Elise Rasmussen