Wesleyan portrait of Cruz Joel Angeles

Cruz Joel Angeles

Visiting Assistant Professor of Film Studies


BA University of California, Berkeley
MFA New York University

Cruz Joel Angeles

Cruz Angeles is a Brooklyn-based screenwriter/director who works in film and television. Most recently, Cruz directed the 2015 NBA All Star Saturday Night Open and the Sprite Slam-Dunk profiles, which aired on TNT. Cruz’s past TV work includes directing several episodes of the Emmy Award winning series “A Crime to Remember,” an episode of ABC's "Final Witness” and the sports documentary, "Fernando Nation," for ESPN’s critically acclaimed, Emmy nominated and Peabody Award winning “30 for 30” doc series. 

Cruz premiered his directorial debut feature film, DON’T LET ME DROWN in competition for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The film garnered Cruz a Gotham Awards nod for Best Breakthrough Director and won Best Feature at the Woodstock Film Festival and the Audience Award at both the San Francisco International Film Festival and the Florida 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 aired on HBO and Showtime.

He is a Sundance Institute Screenwriting and Directing Fellow, a Director’s Guild of America Student Award recipient, a recipient of the NHK/Sundance International Filmmakers Award and a United States Artists Fellow. Cruz also runs the Latino Screenwriting Project sponsored by the Sundance Institute. Cruz also took part in the HBO/ DGA Television Directing Fellowship where he shadowed several directors on the shows BOARDWALK EMPIRE, BORED TO DEATH, HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA and GIRLS. He was invited by Executive Producer Jeff King to shadow Director Russell Lee Fine on an episode of WHITE COLLAR.


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Fall 2017
FILM 454 - 01