Ace Cruz – Outrage movie


Achieving the American Dream is definitely a reality for film maker Ace Cruz.  In fact he has been living the dream for the past 13 years.

Born in Manila, Cruz and his family immigrated to California when Cruz was just three years old.  Growing up in Los Angeles, he saw his first play in Jr. High School and immediately knew he wanted to be an actor.

“I knew what I was going to do,” smiles Cruz.  “A lot of people tried to deter me.  But every time someone told me I wouldn’t be able to make it, the more determined I became.  I’ve always been like that.  I am a very positive and motivated person and I learned along time ago to visualize my dreams which really enable me to make them come true.”

Graduating from high school, Cruz was accepted at USC where he majored in drama.  Obtaining a BFA Cruz began to produce and act in various stage plays.

“I was performing in a play and just like in the movies, I was discovered,” explains Cruz.

“Alfie Lorenzo, a well-known celebrity manager from the Philippines caught one of my shows and was impressed enough to ask me to move back to the Philippines and start a career there.  I signed with Mr. Lorenzo and he put me under contract with “Viva Films”.

After working with Viva for four years Cruz decided to return to Los Angeles and add film maker to his list of credits.  Studying once again at USC, he threw himself into learning all the ins-and-outs of film making.

“I opened my own company, Spirit Films,LLC” continues Cruz and began working on my very first feature film.”

Writing, directing, producing and acting, Cruz went to work with a vengeance.

“Making my first movie was an incredible experience” explains Cruz.  “I begged and borrowed money from relatives to make it and used all my credit cards.  The title was “Last Chance” and not only did I write, direct and produce, but I co-starred with “Different Strokes” actor Todd Bridges and Judy Ann Santos. It took me 4 years to finally finish. Everything was a learning experience. I made the movie for $10,000 and was able to sell it to the American Film Market and actually made a profit which is pretty unheard of. It was definitely cool. Most first-time film makers never make a dime on their first movie, but I did and it really launched my career.”

Since completing that first film, Cruz has made five more; “Urban Task Force”, which he also directed and starred in with well-known Filipina actress Sunshine Cruz. The success of that movie led to his third film “Psychotic” which he directed and starred in with Sam Jones (Flash Gordon), Joe Estevez (Martin Sheen’s brother), and Kathleen Kinmont (Renegades). Next he made “Fate” which starred Lee Majors (Six Million Dollar Man), Philip Michael Thomas (Miami Vice), and Michael Pare (Streets of Fire). His fifth film was “The Golem”, which he stars with Christopher Atkins’ (Blue Lagoon) daughter, Britney Bowman and recently completed is “Outrage” ( which just received the 2009 Action on Film (AOF) International Festival award for Best SciFi Picture of the year.

“I couldn’t be more pleased,” says an obviously elated Cruz.  “Winning this is an incredible honor.  One of my goals is to make films that have spiritual content to inspire people and help them to make better choices in their lives…..movies with a positive message that can help people become better beings. And this is the first time I have done just that in my films.

A firm believer that one should be in a peaceful place at all times to find creativity and happiness from within, Cruz believes strongly in the powers of meditation.

“One of my favourite places to meditate is at the beach,” he says.  “In fact, the beach is where I do a lot of editing and writing.  I have an RV which is perfect for me.  I have my editing equipment and my computer and I sit there and work with the sound of the waves hitting the sand.  It is spectacular and very peaceful and serene.”

Raised in a very close knit family, Cruz credits his parents for a large part of his success.

‘My parents have always been supportive throughout my career,” explains Cruz. They are loving parents that have been together for a very long time. At first, they really did not want me to get into the filmmaking world because they knew the difficulty in making a living in this profession.  However, after my third film when they saw I was starting to make money, they did not mind anymore. Like most parents, they just want the best for their child.”

Already at work on a new film, Cruz’s aspirations continue to grow as does his name in Hollywood.  One of the most talented film makers in the industry today, Cruz’s record is definite proof that the American Dream is very possible.

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