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Alex Rivera

Alex Rivera is a filmmaker who, for the past twenty years, has been telling new, urgent, and visually adventurous Latino stories. His first feature film,Sleep Dealer, a science-fiction feature set on the U.S./Mexico border, won awards at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival, was screened at the Museum of Modern Art, and had a commercial release in the U.S, France, Japan, and other countries. Alex is currently developingSleep Dealeras a TV series with the support of a major studio. Alex is a Sundance Fellow, Rockefeller Fellow, was The Rothschild Lecturer at Harvard University, and was named one ofVarietyMagazine’s“10 Directors to Watch.” In 2015 Alex was awarded major support from the Surdna Foundation and the Ford Foundation for his film-in-progress, ‘The Infiltrators,’ and he received an Art & Technology Lab Grant from LACMA, as well as support from Time Warner for an experimental project in virtual reality. Other recent collaborations include a series of activist music videos produced by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) with artists including Manu Chao, La Santa Cecilia and Aloe Blacc, which have collectively received over 20 million views. Alex studied at Hampshire College.


Alex Rivera
1997, 27 min., Color, US
Papapapa is an experimental documentary about immigration. Looking at the potato, which was first cultivated in Peru as an Inca food staple, Papapapa paints a picture of a vegetable which has travele...

Las Papas Del Papa
Alex Rivera
2000, 8 min., Color, US
In 1999 Pope John Paul II visited Mexico. In true end-of-the-millennium style, the visit was not only the appearance of Mexico's most revered living religious figure, but also an opportunity for prod...

Why Cybraceros?
Alex Rivera
1997, 5 min., Color, US
Why Cybraceros? takes the form of a mock promotional film. It is based on a promotional film produced in the late 1940s by the California Growers’ Council, titled "Why Braceros?" This film justified...

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