Filmmaker and Screenwriter Brooklyn, NY
2009 USA Fellow
This award was generously supported by The Todd and Betiana Simon Foundation. _
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.
Portrait photo courtesy Fred Hayes.
Don't Let Me Drown, 2009; film poster courtesy Elise Rasmussen