NUEVO RICO

A KRISTIAN MERCADO FILM



“Be prepared for this dystopian tragedy to rip your hair out by the roots and pour liquid vaporwave rainbows directly onto your brain’s tongue. A cautionary tale of friendship and fame, Nuevo Rico slaps convention to the ground and stomps on it with steel toed boots of satisfying stylistic innovation. Kristian Mercado Figueroa doesn’t give a f*** — and gives all the f***s at the same time. If you’ve never wrestled a laser snake in a Lambo going two hundred off a cliff into an iridescent volcano, Nuevo Rico will make you feel like you have.” 


- SXSW 2021 Animated Shorts Jury




HOT of the Press ︎︎︎


Featured Press ︎︎︎



ANIMATION MAGAZINE

"Exclusive Trailer: SXSW Premiere ‘Nuevo Rico’ Drops a Latinx-Futurist Reggaetón Remix" by Mercedes Milligan



REMEZCLA

“Interview with Kristian Mercado and Jackie Cruz by Kiko Martinez”



FLAUNT MAGAZINE

“Interview with Kristian Mercado and Jackie Cruz by Audra McClain“



ANIMATION WORLD NETWORK

"‘Nuevo Rico’ Wins Best Animated Short at 2021 SXSW Film Festival" by Dan Sarto



REEL360

“Video interview with Kristian Mercado”







All Press ︎︎︎




05. 28. 21

ANIMATION WORLD NETWORK 

8 shorts will be featured at the LA Latino International Film Festival’s debut day-long animation event ︎︎︎
05. 25. 21

PHINDIE.COM

10th Philadelphia Latino Film Festival Begins This Weekend ︎︎︎
05.01. 21

LATINA MAGAZINE

Interview with Jackie Cruz by Christina Reid ︎︎︎
04.08.21

THE FADER

Instagram Live Interview with Kristian Mercado Figueroa by Bryan Hahn ︎︎︎
04.12.21

CINEMA CRAZED

Positive review by Felix Vasquez ︎︎︎
04.26.21

REEL360

Video interview with Kristian Mercado ︎︎︎
03.30.21

MINORITIES REPORT

Interview with Kristian Mercado Figueroa by Raul Navedo ︎︎︎
04.01.21

THE FAN CLUB

Interview with Kristian Mercado Figueroa by Kristen Maldonado ︎︎︎
04.07.21

FILM THREAT

Film Review 9 out of 10 ︎︎︎
03.24.21

NO FILM SCHOOL

"97 SXSW Filmmakers Give You Advice on Making Better Movies" by staff ︎︎︎
03.24.21

MUSE TV

Interview with Kristian Mercado Figueroa by Michael Sandoval ︎︎︎
03.26.21

CUP OF SOUL SHOW

Interview with Kristian Mercado Figueroa by Kathia Woods︎︎︎
03.22.21

SELIG FILM NEWS

Interview with Kristian Mercado by Gadi Elkon ︎︎︎
03.23.21

LRM ONLINE

Interview with Kristian Mercado by Gig Patta ︎︎︎
03.23.21

BEYOND CHRON

Positive capsule review by Peter Wong ︎︎︎
03.20.21

CRITCOLOGOS

"#NuevoRico Wins #SXSW 2021 Jury Award, Animated Shorts." by Rafael Mediavill ︎︎︎
03.20.21

THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE

"SXSW Film Awards Announced" by Richard Whittake ︎︎︎
03.21.21

THE MOVIE BUFF

Positive capsule review by Mark Ziobro ︎︎︎
03.19.21

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"SXSW: 'The Fallout' Takes Grand Jury Award" by Mia Galuppo ︎︎︎
03.19.21

INDIEWIRE

"SXSW Film Awards: ‘The Fallout’ and ‘Lily Topples the World’ Win Top Prizes at Festival" by Chris Lindahl ︎︎︎
03.20.21

DRINK IN THE MOVIES

Review by Alexander Reams (78%) ︎︎︎
03.19.21

ANIMATION WORLD NETWORK

"‘Nuevo Rico’ Wins Best Animated Short at 2021 SXSW Film Festival" by Dan Sarto ︎︎︎
03.19.21

THE WRAP

"Jenna Ortega and Maddie Ziegler Drama ‘The Fallout’ Wins Top Prize at SXSW" by Brian Welk ︎︎︎
03.19.21

SCREEN DAILY

"‘The Fallout’, ‘Lily Topples The World’ triumph in SXSW jury awards" by Jeremy Kay︎︎︎
03.18.21

MUSIC CITY DRIVE IN

Review by Music City Drive In (83%) ︎︎︎
03.19.21

BUBBLEBLABBER

Interview with Kristian Mercado by John Schwarz ︎︎︎
03.19.21

ANIMATION MAGAZINE

"Global Events News: Award Winners, Festival Selections & More" by Mercedes Milligan  ︎︎︎



03.17.21

BUT WHY THO

Positive review by Kate Sánchez ︎︎︎

03.16.21

FILM CHISME

Interview with Kristian Mercado by Andrea Gomez ︎︎︎
03.18.21

THE NERDY BASEMENT

Interview with Kristian Mercado by Osvaldo J. Madera ︎︎︎



03.16.21

FLAUNT MAGAZINE

Interview with Kristian Mercado and Jackie Cruz by Audra McClain ︎︎︎
03.17.21

GET REEL MOVIES

"SXSW 2021 Interview – NUEVO RICO director Kristian Mercado Figueroa" by Jason Whyte ︎︎︎
03.17.21

THE MOVEABLE FEST

"SXSW 2021 Interview: Kristian Mercado Figueroa on a Glimpse of the Future in “Nuevo Rico”" by Stephen Saito ︎︎︎



02.23.21
 

HORROR NEWS

"SXSW 2021 — New Trailer and Poster for “NUEVO RICO,” Reggaetón-Fueled Latinx-Futurism" by Adrian Halen ︎︎︎
03.10.21

REMEZCLA

Interview with Kristian Mercado and Jackie Cruz by Kiko Martinez ︎︎︎
03.16.21

THE NERDY BASEMENT

Positive review by Osvaldo Madera ︎︎︎



02. 23. 21

ANIMATION MAGAZINE

"Exclusive Trailer: SXSW Premiere ‘Nuevo Rico’ Drops a Latinx-Futurist Reggaetón Remix" by Mercedes Milligan︎︎︎
02.23.21

BUBBLE BLABBER

"SXSW 2021: Nuevo Rico Solar Opposites Added To Lineup" by John Schwarz ︎︎︎
02.23.21

CRITICOLOGOS

"#SXSW2021 — New Trailer and Poster for “NUEVO RICO,” Reggaetón-Fueled Latinx-Futurism Short Film." by Rafael Mediavilla ︎︎︎



02.19.21

FLAUNT

"'NUEVO RICO' | PREMIERING AT SXSW 2021" by Audra McClain ︎︎︎
02.10.21

DEADLINE

"SXSW Film Festival Unveils Full Lineup; Charli XCX Quarantine Feature To Close Fest; Tom Petty Docu Set As Centerpiece" by Dino-Ray Ramos ︎︎︎
02.10.21

CINEMA TROPICAL

"SXSW Announces U.S. Latinx and Latin American Film Selection"

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