PA’LANTEDirected by Kristian Mercado Figueroa
Cast: Mela Murder, Kareem Savinon, Amethyst, Kylie B as Maria
PA’LANTE is the story of an estranged working class Puerto rican family trying to reconnect in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Set both in New York and Puerto Rico, the film stars Mela Murder as Milagros, and Kareem Savinon as Manuel. Playing to the vocals of Alynda Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff. The film chronicles the Nuyorican and Puerto Rican experience and is a contemplation of family, love, and loss.
Kris 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$$, and for brands including HTC, Bosch, Ziploc, Reebok, Vonage, Lowes, Nintendo, Coca Cola, IBM, Mountain Dew, VH1, MTV, NBA, Glad and dozens more.
His work has been featured on Nowness, Rolling Stone, Complex, MTV, Hypebeast, Stereogum, Motionographer, Adweek, Creativity Online, Ad Age, Yes Yes Y’all, Stash, StyleFrames, Computer Arts Magazine, XXL Magazine, The Strange Attractor, Gawker, Jones and B, Cartoon Brew, Vimeo Staff Picks and more.
The 2018 Nitehawk Shorts Festival MUSIC DRIVEN program offers a series of short form documentaries that highlights music as vehicle for change, and follows individuals who use this power to overcome emotional, social and economic obstacles.