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Cruz Angeles
Bio
 
 
Cruz Angeles’ client work includes spots for the NBA, ESPN, NHL, Toyota and Mastercard. His latest film, VALIANT, is an NHL Original Films documentary about the greatest expansion team in sports history, the Vegas Golden Knights, and their unbelievable run to the 2018 Stanley Cup Final while galvanizing a community in the wake of tragedy. He is a DGA member, a Sundance Fellow, a United States Artists Fellow, and a Peabody Award winner.  His television directing work includes multiple segments of the Emmy Award-winning TV series, A CRIME TO REMEMBER. His feature length narrative, DON’T LET ME DROWN, debuted in competition for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The Hollywood Reporter named the film "one of the best film portraits yet of New York City in the aftermath of 9/11."  The film garnered a Gotham Awards nod for Best Breakthrough Director, won the Lee Marvin Best Feature Narrative at the Woodstock Film Festival and the Audience Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival.  Cruz has participated in the HBO/DGA TV Directing Program shadowing industry veterans Tim Van Patten, David Petrarca, Susana White, Michael Lehmann, Miguel Arteta and Richard Shepard on BOARDWALK EMPIRE, BORED TO DEATH, HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA and GIRLS. Cruz’s directing television work include episodes of ABC’s FINAL WITNESS, the TV mini-series MURDER CASTLE produced by Stephen David Entertainment and the documentary FERNANDO NATION for the critically acclaimed TV series, ESPN 30 for 30.  
 
 
 IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1135149/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
 
AWARDS:
  • 2010    United States Artists Fellowship Award, US Simon Fellow, Media
    • Peabody Award for ESPN Films’  “30 for 30” documentary series, Participating Director
    • Best Feature Mesquite Award, Don’t Let Me Drown, CineFestival in San Antonio
  • 20o9   Lee Marvin Best Feature Narrative Award, Don’t Let Me Drown, Woodstock Film Festival
    • Audience Award, Best Narrative, Don’t Let Me Drown, San Francisco Int’l Film Festival   Audience Award, Best Narrative, Don’t Let Me Drown, Florida Film Festival 
    • Nominated, Best Breakthrough Director, Gotham Independent Awards 
    • Nominated, Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival, Don’t Let Me Drown
    • NALIP Estela Winner, Don’t Let Me Drown
  • 2006 Sundance/NHK International Filmmaker’s Award, US Winner
    • Cannes Film Festival, L’Atelier du Festival Fellow 
    • Annenberg Film Fellowship Award
  • 2005   Sundance Screenwriting and Directing Fellow 
  • 2002   Premio Mesquite Best Experimental, The Show, Cine Festival Film Festival
  • 2003 Best Student Short, The Show, Woodstock Film Festival
    • Best Experimental Short, The Show, Deep Ellum Film Festival
    • Fiction Bronze Award, The Show, The New York Expo
    • Festival Director’s Award, The Show, The Black Man Film Festival
    • Best Screenplay, The Show, Festival du Cinema de Paris
  • 2001 Director’s Guild of America Student Awards, Best Latino Student Director, Abuela’s Revolt,
    • Best Student Short Subject, Cardboard Hands, Ajijic International Film Festival
  • 1999   Irene Diamond Award, NYU Tisch School of the Arts
 

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