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Cast & Crew

Justin Lerner

Director / Screenwriter

Justin Lerner is the son of two developmental psychologists, one Jewish and one Catholic, who compromised by sending him to Quaker school in Pennsylvania until the age of eleven. After getting his BA in Theater Arts at Cornell University, he moved to Galicia, Spain, and then returned the following year to get an MFA in Directing at UCLA's graduate film school. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

Lerner's ties with Guatemala run deep, where he even proposed to his French-American wife at the edge of a volcano. More importantly, he helped with the creation of a film school there in 2016 where he was its first film professor. It was while teaching there when one of his students introduced him to the picturesque Caribbean coastal town of Puerto Barrios where “Cadejo Blanco” mainly takes place.


Production & Companies



Karen Martinez (Sarita)

Karen is the lead actress in Cadejo Blanco, previously starring in La Jaula de Oro which won multiple awards at the Cannes Film Festival and the Ariel Awards.


Juan Pablo Olyslager (Oliveiros)

One of Guatemala's most famous actors, Juan Pablos is a veteran performer who has previously worked with Jayro Bustamante on the film Temblores.


Rudy Rodriguez (Andrés)

Born and raised in Puerto Barrios, this is Rudy's first film. He was chosen from hundreds of local auditions and received acting classes for his role as Andrés.


Brandon López (Damián)

Brandon is an award-winning actor who previously won an Ariel Award for Best Actor in the film La Jaula de Oro.

Casting Department 

Diego Rosal Cazali as casting assistant

René Guirola Patzán as casting assistant

Music by

Jonathan Szer

Film Editing 

Justin Lernerace co-editor

Cesar Diaz ace co-editor

Assistant Director 

Natalia Alzate as first assistant director

Evelyn Price second assistant director

Sound Department 

Francis De Leonas boom operator

Carlos Marroquin as sound mixer

Editorial Department 

Antonio Orozco as colorist/post production

Gabriela Ríos as assistant editor


Roman Kasseroller

Costume Design

Isaac Castellanos

Camera and Electrical Department 

Andrés Aguiló ace gaffer

Cesar Alvarez as steadicam operator

Paolo Giron as assistant camera

Melissa Mencos as unit still photographer

Wong Reyes as electrician

Location Management 

Mathias Tenenbaum

Script and Continuity Department

Guido Segal as script consultant

Additional Crew

Melissa Mencos as production coordinator

Johann Noelck as assist the director

Mathias Tenenbaum as production coordinator

Produced by

Juan I. Ayau as executive producer

Fernando Chocano as associate producer

César Díaz as executive producer

Mauricio Escobar as producer

Gino Falsetto as executive producer

Ryan Friedkin as producer

Michael J. Gallagher as associate producer

Pamela Guinea as executive producer

Jack Patrick Hurley as producer

Francisco Palarea as executive producer

Justin Lerner as producer

Suzy Lubeck Zigner as associate producer

Pedro H. Murcia as co-producer

Erick T. Tran as co-executive producer

Jana Winternitz as associate producer

Mark Zigner as associate producer

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