Saying 'No' Opened More Doors for Producer Cynthia Ángel

The D L A Films co-founder went from loving horror movies to making Cannes-winning work

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When Cynthia Ángel first watched Silence of the Lambs, she was drawn to the 1991 horror film—but not for the reasons she first thought.

“I wanted to be Clarice,” recalled Ángel, now co-owner of D L A Films, a full-service production company that creates branded content and commercials for Nike, Ikea and Amazon, and megastar talent like Bad Bunny, J Balvin and Janelle Monáe. “So I applied to John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and I studied forensic psychology with a view to becoming an FBI agent.”

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