Florida Premiere

DIRECTED BY Kristian Mercado

Country: Puerto Rico, USA
Language: English

Running Time: 8min
Film Year: 2018
Category: IMDbPro Short Film Award

“Pa’lante” tells the story of an estranged family trying to reconnect in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. With a powerful song by Alynda Mariposa Segarra, the film explores the nature of family and resilience in a community whose history has been marginalized by the media.

Starring Mela Murder (The Florida Project) as Milagros and Kareem Savinon as Manuel, “Pa’lante” is a moving film with Nuyorican and Puerto Rican identities at its core.




Director: Kristian Mercado
Producer: Yanira Figueroa Velázquez
Screenwriter: Tiffany Stephens, Kristian Mercado, Alynda Mariposa Segarra
Executive Producer: Andrew Nisinson, Avtar Khalsa
Production Company: Baby Panther

Music: Alynda Mariposa Segarra
Cinematographer: Rudolf Costin
Editor: Michael Reuter

Cast: Mela Murder, Kareem Savinon, Amethyst, Kylie B

Kristian Mercado

Kristian Mercado has received accolades for his visually striking music videos for acts such as De La Soul, The Peach Kings, Spirit Animal, The Griswolds, James and Joey BadA$$. His music videos “Mojo Thunder” for The Peach Kings was an Official Selection at the Annecy Film Festival for the Commissioned Films competition and was awarded Best Music Video for the International Animated Film Society. “To My Surprise” for James won bronze at the Animation & Effects Awards & Festival (AEAF).