Alex Rivera



Alex Rivera is a filmmaker who has been telling new, urgent, and visually adventurous Latino stories for more than 15 years. His first feature film, Sleep Dealer, won multiple awards at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival and landed him on Variety’s ’10 Directors to Watch’ list. Rivera is a Rockefeller Fellow, USA Artist Fellow, Creative Capital grantee and was The Rothschild Lecturer at Harvard University.  

In 2015 Rivera was awarded major support from the Surdna Foundation for his film-in-progress, The Infiltrators. He received an Art & Technology Lab Grant from LACMA for an upcoming project in virtual reality. His recent collaborations have included work with Manu Chao, La Santa Cecilia and Aloe Blacc. 

Alex studied at Hampshire College and lives in Los Angeles.

Artist's Chosen Interview:

Science Fiction from Below: Alex Rivera, director of the new film Sleep Dealer, imagines the future of the Global South

Inspirational Resources/Recommendations:

Book: "Monsters of the Market" by Dana Blanchard

Book: "The New World Border" by Guillermo Gomez Peña

Book: "The Devil Never Sleeps" by Lourdes Portillo

"El Norte" by Greg Nava

"Star Wars" by George Lucas

The work of Dee Dee Halleck

Paper Tiger TV

Tongues Untied by Marlon Riggs

Artist's Work:

Go Watch: Sleep Dealer