Sleep Dealer
Alex Rivera
USA/Mexico, Drama, Sci-Fi, 2008
90 min, Digital, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

Luz at tabletThe near future. The world is divided by closed borders but connected by a digital network that ties together people around the world. Memo Cruz lives in an isolated farming community in Mexico, the kind of place that seems frozen in time—except for the hi-tech, militarized dam that was built by a corporation, and now controls the town’s water supply. Memo dreams of leaving his small pueblo and finding work in the hi-tech factories in the big cities in the north. On his journey north, he meets Luz, an aspiring journalist who dreams of writing a story that might one day change the world. Unwittingly their fates are manipulated by a chain of events emanating from the highest levels of technological advances


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Alex Rivera is a New York based digital media artist and filmmaker, born in 1973 to a native of Peru and a native of New Jersey. Sleep Dealer premiered at Sundance 2008, and won two awards, including the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. His work, which addresses concerns of the Latino community through a language of humor, satire, and metaphor, has also been screened on PBS, and at the Berlin International Film Festival, the Guggenheim Museum, Telluride, and other international venues. Rivera is a Sundance Fellow and a Rockefeller Fellow.

Sleep Dealer PosterProducer: Anthony Bregman
Screenwriter: Alex Rivera, David Riker
Cinematographer: Lisa Rinzler
Editor: Eric Mendelsohn, Madeleine Gavin, Julie Carr, Jeff Werner
Music: Lynn Faichtein
Cast: Leonor Varela, Jacob Vargas, Luis Fernando Peña