Boniato 2016

Eric Mainade & The Meza Brothers

An illegal migrant worker decides it's time to move on from picking crops and find her father. Little does she know, insidious supernatural forces have a different plan for her. Some borders aren't meant to be crossed.

Eric Mainade and The Meza Brothers created this film for Borscht 9.


Sundance Film Festival, 2016


"The best horror films don’t just give you gore and jump scares to spare--they grapple with real issues. That’s certainly the case in Boniato, the latest collaboration between Eric Mainade and the Meza brothers (Andres and Diego)." - Remezcla

"Miami has its own version of the Coen and Wachowski [siblings], except the Meza-Valdes brothers are more interested in making us scream in horror than laugh ourselves silly or gasp in awe." - Miami New Times


Sundance Film Festival, 2016
Amsterdam Lift-Off Film Festival, 2015
Stanley Film Festival, 2015
Toronto After Dark Film Festival, 2015
(Winner, Bronze Award Internat’l Short)
Viequez International Film Festival, 2016
(Winner, Best Horror Short)
Atlanta Film Festival, 2016
Dead by Dawn Film Festival, 2016
Maryland International Film Festival, 2015
Fright Night Film Festival, 2015
(Winner, Best International Short)
Mile High Horror Film Festival, 2015
Diabolique Film Festival, 2015
(Winner, Best Short Film)
(Nominee, Best Directors)
(Nominee, Best Actress)
(Nominee, Best Cinematography)
(Nominee, Best SFX)
Filmquest Film Festival, 2015
Spooky Empire Film Festival, 2015
Buried Alive Film Festival, 2015
Stanley Film Festival, 2015
Freakshow Horror Film Festival, 2015
(Winner, Best Florida Short Film)
Spooky Movie Film Festival, 2015
Sacramento Horror Film Festival, 2015


Borscht Corp presents


co-directed by: Eric Mainade, Andres Meza-Valdes, Diego Meza-Valdes

written by: Eric Mainade, Andres Meza-Valdes

produced by: Cory Czajkowski, Jonathan David Kane

executive producers: Lucas Leyva, Eric Mainade, Dennis Scholl

associate producer: Jaime Diaz-Mengotti

director of photography: Antal "El Ungaro" Steinbach

cast: Carmen Zumbado, Felix Cortez, Alex Garay, Alberto Meza, Francois Guirola, Diego Lizarzaburu, Angel Sanchez, Michael Toledo, William Garcia, Isabella Naranjo, Kush Suicide, Grecia, Nathan Robert Restrepo, Nassie Shahoulian, Julian Yuri Rodriguez, Roberto Sanchez, Fernando Smith, Diego Smith, Orlando Lopez, Michelle Lopez

narration: Alex Garay

original score: Adam Robi, Shawn Sutta

music recording: Audiocastle Studios

edited by: Diego Meza-Valdes

assistant directors: Julian Yuri Rodriguez, Giancarlo Loffredo

art direction: Emilio Remoir

special effects makeup: AsikCo. FX

additional special effects makeup: Emilio Remoir, Miriam Cardoza Alonso

visual effects: GAMUT Creative, LLC

vfx director: Alain Lores

vfx producer: Meyako Williams

vfx artist: Andrew Lopez

costume design: Carmen Gonzalez, Veronica Gonzalez

props by: Proper Ladies, Carmen Gonzalez, Grisel Valdes

additional props by: Alberto Meza, M3 Studios

sound mixer: Cory Czajkowski

post production sound design: Seripade Audio

special effects: Ariel Castillo, Raul Castillo, Manuel Prendes

color grading: Jeff Altman, Filmworkers

production manager: Kristina Rose Hollan

assistant production manager: Danielle Bender

additional camera support: Juan Barriga, MAR Media, Ricardo Blasco, Alejandro Fuenmayor

stunt coordinator: Eric Mainade

fight choreographer: Walter Garcia - ENSO

safety coordinator: Luis Benitez

stunts: ENSO Productions, Jenn Harris, David Christian, David Conk, Anthony Minimi Anderson, Niko Bogucki, Travis Gomez, Paul O’Connor, Mike Jamorski, Isaac Hughes, Juan Hernandez, Ana Botelho

stunt riggers: Eric "ET" Miranda, Frank Mainade, Luis Benitez

2nd unit photography: Daniel Fernandez

key assistant camera: Nicole Winer

assistant camera: Michael Chavez

gaffer: Lavelle Higgins

grips: Cameron Boisseau, Juan Santiago Mendez, Francis Mingo

dialogue translation: Alex Garay, Ellie Cardoza

production assistants: Ellie Cardoza, Kendall Task Force, Michael Toledo, Diego Lizarzaburu, Angel Sanchez, William Garcia, Renie Alvino, Nathan Restrepo

production support: David Rojas

location manager: Francois Guirola

catering: Grisel Valdes

special thanks: M3 Studios, Confetti & Fog FX, Raul "The Tiger" Rodriguez, Grassy River Farm, Anytime Rentals, Jillian Mayer, Nick Ducassi, Sam Zimmerman, Alex Petkovich, UM Special Collections, UM Communications, Grant Curtola, Brett Potter, Linda Barrocas-Meyer, Grisel Valdes

commissioned by Borscht Corp.

2015 Miami, FL, USA

Made possible by the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation