Supported by Screen Skills Ireland


Justin Lerner

Directing/Writing in LA

30th september


Writing/Directing in LA

Justin Lerner

Justin Lerner is an Emmy and Gotham Award-winning writer/director born in State College, Pennsylvania. He’s the son of two developmental psychologists, one Catholic and one Jewish, who compromised by sending him to Quaker school until the age of eleven. He studied Theatre Arts and Film at Cornell University, where he graduated cum laude for his honors thesis on the films and philosophy of Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky.

Lerner’s first feature film, Girlfriend, made its World Premiere at the 2010 Toronto Int’l Film Festival and won the 2011 Gotham Independent Film Audience Award. It was released by Strand Releasing in 2011.

His second feature film, The Automatic Hate was produced by Alix Madigan, an Oscar nominee for the Sundance hit Winter’s Bone. The Automatic Hate made its World Premiere at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival and was released in 2016 by distributor Film Movement.

Lerner is currently in post-production on his third feature film, El Cadejo Blanco, a Spanish-language drama/mystery set in the world of youth gangs in Guatemala.

In this one off talk we’re joined by Justin Lerner. Justin has been living and working in Los Angeles for a number of years and is an Award winning Director and Educator working all over the World. Justin will be talking about his experiences Living and working in LA, This will include his method of writing and Directing. His experiences with Funding, Film Festivals, Distibution, Casting and Production in general.

Outside of film, his interests are speaking Spanish, drinking espresso and doing crossword puzzles.

Justin is based in Los Angeles and Guatemala City.


Some of Justins work

Girlfriend Movie Trailer

The Automatic Hate Official Trailer

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