Don't Let Me Drown

Cruz Angeles

USA, Drama, 2009
98 min, S16mm, Color
English and Spanish with English subtitles


It’s October 2001 and New York is still reeling from the attacks on the World Trade Center when Lalo and Stefanie meet. At first, Stefanie projects a hard exterior, rebuffing Lalo's attempts at conversation. But when a later chance encounter brings the couple together, they begin a friendship that evolves into a romance. It's not long before this new relationship runs into trouble as Stefanie's father forbids her to see Lalo. When he finds out she’s been secretly seeing Lalo, his anger threatens to separate her from Lalo. But their bond only grows stronger as they realize that in a time full of hatred and fear, only love can help them pull through and keep their heads above water. Don't Let Me Drown premiered at 2009 Sundance Film Festival.


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Brooklyn-based filmmaker Cruz Angeles was born in Mexico City and raised in South Central Los Angeles. He is a Sundance Institute Screenwriting and Directing Fellow and an alumnus of the prestigious graduate film program at NYU. His student short films have screened at over 30 international film festivals and have been broadcast on Showtime, PBS, Telemundo and Sí TV. Don't Let Me Drown, his feature film directorial debut, was named one of the top ten films out of Sundance by New York Magazine.


Producer: Maria Topete, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, James Lawler
Production Companies: Parts and Labor Films, Rollin' Deep Productions
Screenwriter: Cruz Angeles ,Maria Topete
Cinematographer: Chad Davidson
Editor: Andy Hafitz
Sound Design: Micah Bloomberg
Music: Daniel Belardinelli
Cast: E.J. Bonilla, Gleendylis Inoa, Adrian Martinez, Damian Alcázar, Gina Torres, Raul Castillo, Ricardo Antonio Chavira, Yareli Arizmendi



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