festival program / Documentary Achievement Award

Mucho Mucho Amor


Screening presented by ArtesMiami & U.S. Century Bank

Cristina Costantini and Miami's own Kareem Tabsch have crafted one of the most talked-about documentaries of the year.

Extravagant Puerto Rican astrologer legend Walter Mercado charmed the world for over 30 years with his televised horoscopes. Equal parts Oprah, Liberace, and Mr. Rogers, Walter was a celebrated daily part of Latin culture—until one day in 2007 he mysteriously disappeared from the media landscape. Over a decade later, the filmmakers find Walter and invite us into his home and interior world as he prepares to restore his legacy in the public eye. The film explores Walter's complex story from the rural sugarcane fields of Puerto Rico to international astrology superstardom, rising above all doubters with a message of love and hope.

Mucho Mucho Amor is a love letter to Walter Mercado. The filmmakers, who grew up watching him with their abuelitos, craft a film with levity and a playful spirit. Light-years ahead of his time, Walter has become a nostalgic cult icon of self-expression and positivity.

This screening is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and sponsored by ArtesMiami, U.S. Century Bank, FlixLatino and ViendoMovies Available with Xfinity.

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Olympia Theater

Director Bio

Cristina Costantini is a film producer, director and journalist. Her feature documentary Science Fair, won audience awards at both the Sundance and SXSW Film Festivals in 2018, as well as an Emmy and Critics' Choice Award for Best First Time Director.

Kareem Tabsch is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and the co-founder and co-director of O Cinema. His previous films include "Cherry Pop: The Story of the World's Fanciest Cat" (MFF 14) and "The Last Resort" and have played at festivals such as Slamdance , AFIDocs, DocNYC and others.

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    Cristina Costantini, Kareem Tabsch
  • Producer(s)
    Alex Fumero, Cristina Costantini, Kareem Tabsch
  • Cinematographer(s)
    Peter Alton
  • Composer
    Jeff Morrow

Film Info