Charmaine Cruz


Charmaine Cruz began her professional career in front of the camera as an actor and model in film, television, theatre, commercials, and print. She wrote, directed, produced, and starred with the late Wendie Jo Sperber in her directorial debut, a comedy short entitled "Pissed" in 2000. The short went on to screen and garner awards in numerous independent film festivals. The success of her first project sparked an interest to return to school and hone her craft in filmmaking. She was accepted into the UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television where she wrote, directed, and produced three additional shorts and penned three feature length screenplays. While at UCLA she was the recipient of the prestigious Peter Stark Memorial Award as well as the Motion Picture Association of America Award for her work in writing and directing.

Upon graduation Charmaine transitioned into the financial services industry where she held the title of Vice President and Director of Public Relations and Marketing at Commerce Technologies Corporation, Inc., DBA E-Commerce Exchange in Los Angeles.

With her corporate knowledge and years of experience in film, Charmaine started her production company Into Life Productions in 2009. Her first project, a feature length documentary entitled "What's Up With Down" is currently in pre-production and next on the slate is her documentary "The State of Marriage".