Charmaine Cruz

Charmaine Cruz

Into Life Films, Into Life Productions, Into Life Headshots, Into Life Photography
Actor, Director, Photographer (Still), Screenwriter and Theatre Director

Los Angeles, California

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December 2013
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About Charmaine

I am an actor, filmmaker, writer, print model, and photographer. I began my career working as an actor/model in New York and then in Los Angeles. I have done countless plays in New York, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles and worked in television, film, and commercials for over two decades. I graduated from the UCLA School of Theatre Film and Television with a degree in film and television and have since begun work on my documentary “What’s Up With Down”, about the community of individuals living with Down syndrome and their families.

I work also as a commercial and product photographer, event photographer, and headshot and portrait photographer. I am always shooting something...nature and landscapes, people, places, and things.

I live and work in Los Angeles, but travel.

Unique traits: Quadruple Threat! :)

Credits

  • What's Up with Down

    What's Up with Down (2015)
    Film by Charmaine Cruz (Documentary) Director, Producer, Editor

  • The Rat Thing

    The Rat Thing (2007)
    Film by Kevin Keresey (Comedy) Actress Two down and out friends living in Venice, California, struggle in social and economic deprivation. They reach the point where they can't go on. Escalating pressures force them to hatch a wild get-rich-quick scheme in a last ditch attempt to solve "all of their problems". The far-fetched scheme involves one of them being bitten by a rat in a major supermarket with the fantastical hopes of winning an outrageously huge settlement. What transpires is a perfect example of "the best laid plans of mice and men" where reality trumps delusion and, in one comic turn after another, depravity gives way to humanity. Written by Kevin Keresey

  • Save Virgil

    Save Virgil (2004)
    Film (short) by Brad Ableson (Comedy) Actress "Save Virgil," a short film by Brad Ableson ("The Simpsons"), combines live-action and animation to tell the perverse story of Virgil (voiced by Adam Carolla), a cartoon character who is mysteriously born into the real world. Shunned by his classmates, nomadic biker father, and porn-star mother (Ginger Lynn), Virgil hitchhikes to Hollywood in search of his soul mate, Viking Girl, a voluptuous TV cartoon action-heroine he believes to exist. Along the way, Virgil deals with monkeys, motorcycles, marijuana, and learns from Gary Coleman the tragic price of fame. Written by Brad Ableson

  • Shakedown

    Shakedown (2002)
    Video by Brian Katkin (Action and Drama) Actress In Los Angeles a deadly plague called the 'Pandora' virus is stolen from a high-security installation, and the F.B.I. calls in Agent Alec 'Mac' Mckay to follow up the leads. A trained virologist, he discovers the culprit is one of the world's top researchers. He discovers the man has a safety box in a bank vault and a trap is laid to capture both the doctor and reclaim the virus. Meanwhile, Julie Hayes discovers her do-well brother Scotty has become involved in the plan to rob a bank... The very bank that the F.B.I. is now watching in their bid to reclaim the Pandora virus. An unwilling accomplice, Julie tries to alert the bank staff, unaware that the man she thinks is a bank teller is in fact Mac working undercover. Things go from bad to worse when the errant doctor, looking tense and terrified, arrives with a tall, blond-haired, leather-clad man whom the watching agents identify as St. Joy, the leader of the L.R.A., a well-known doomsday cult. St. Joy wants Pandora. He wants Pandora... Written by Helen Chavez

  • Passions

    Passions (2002)
    Television by James E. Reilly (Drama) Actress In the world of power and money, the wealthy and powerful Crane family rule the town of Harmony from their mansion on Raven Hill. But behind the money are many lies and secrets. Most of what the Cranes do affects the other core families: the working class Bennets, the Russells and the Lopez-Fitzgeralds. The wealthy Hotchkiss family cause's a lot of problems in Harmony. They are heavily involved with the much wealthier Crane family. And everyone must watch out for Tabitha Lenox, who is thought to be the crazy neighbor of the Bennets, but is actually a 300 year old with who plays god with everyones life. Written by Anonymous

  • American Tragedy

    American Tragedy (2000)
    TV Movie by Lawrence Schiller (Crime and Drama) Actress Based on the book of the real-life O.J. Simpson criminal trial based on Simpson's lawyers point of view of the long trial. In June 1994, former pro football player-turned-entertainer O.J. Simpson is charged with the murder of his ex-wife Nicole and a friend, named Ron Goldman. When Simpson doubts his lawyer Robert Shapiro's ability to try the case because of Shapiro's doubts of Simpson's innocence, Simpson hires civil rights lawyer Johnny Cochran along with an assortment of lawyers including vetran criminal lawyer F. Lee Bailey, DNA lawyer Alan Dershowitz, and lawyer Gerry Uelman to defend him in which each lawyer argues with the court, and each other, over the case and their ability to try the high-profile case in and out of the courtroom. Written by Anonymous

  • Pissed

    Pissed (2000)
    Film (short) by Charmaine Cruz Actress, Director, Producer, Writer

  • Melrose Place

    Melrose Place (1998)
    Television by Darren Star (Drama) Actress The lives and loves of a group of young adults living in "Melrose Place" in California. Each with their own dreams and drives, the inevitable conflicts, conquests, and consummations ensue. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

  • Charmed

    Charmed (1998)
    Television by Constance M. Burge (Drama, Fantasy and Mystery) Actress The three Halliwell sisters discover that they are descendents of a line of female witches. Each has a special ability (stopping time, moving objects, seeing the future), and they can also combine their abilities into the "Power of Three" to fight demons, warlocks, and other evils. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

  • The Tower

    The Tower (1993)
    TV Movie by Richard Kletter (Horror and Sci-Fi) Actress Before Tony can get to work on the first day of his new job, he manages to lock himself out of his appartment. To get back in he uses the his new security pass, which resembles a credit card. The card becomes damaged when it is used to open his front door, and then causes mayhem at work when the main computer fails to identify Tony as the new employee. The high-tech building is run by computer, which interprets its programming as meaning; "destroy all threats". The BUILDING is out to get Tony. Written by Rob Hartill

  • The Bronx War

    The Bronx War (1991)
    Film by Joseph B. Vasquez (Action and Crime) Actress The Puerto Rican owner of a Bronx strip joint who also heads a street gang that deals in drugs and stolen credit cards gets involved in a war with a local black gang.

Awards

  • Motion Picture Association of America Award
    (2007)

  • Peter Stark Memorial Award
    (2007)

Education

  • University of California-Los Angeles
    (2003-2007)

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