FOLLOWING THE 2008 FINANCIAL CRISIS
Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci emerged as a high profile, yet polarizing, figure on Wall Street, an operator par excellence. While the rest of Wall Street laid low, the boisterous, self-appointed defender of the hedge fund "community" was a regular contributor on CNBC, hosted a lavish annual Las Vegas confab, and even had a cameo in Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street 2.” In 2014, filmmaker Andrew J. Muscato began filming Scaramucci as he prepared to open a Times Square steakhouse and produce his own weekly financial news program - all while running a multi-billion dollar financial enterprise. But what began as an effort to introduce Americans to a quintessential -- and captivating -- embodiment of Wall Street morphed into a story about a new kind of Beltway creature. In 2016, The Mooch’s journey for celebrity intersected with another outspoken New Yorker’s quest for the White House: Donald Trump. As their paths converged, the Mooch introduced himself to Americans in bombastic fashion, then self-destructed ten days later. Compiled over a four-year period and utilizing interviews, archival footage and fly-on-the-wall verité footage, MOOCH tells the story of the new American Dream embodied by the Mooch -- and how he flew too close to the sun chasing it. MOOCH exposes the new American political landscape, where politics and reality television are inexplicably - and inextricably - intertwined, taking viewers inside the sideshow of contemporary American politics.
Available on iTunes and Amazon 10/23
About the Director
Andrew J. Muscato produced his first feature documentary The Zen of Bobby V for ESPN Films while still an undergraduate film student at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. A precursor to ESPN’s 30-for-30 Series, the documentary received critical acclaim following its premiere at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. Muscato’s feature documentary directing credits include Branca’s Pitch (2012) and Doped (2015). Muscato has also appeared on numerous cable and radio programs such as MSNBC’s Morning Joe and NPR’s The Takeway to discuss social issues in sports.