His first feature film, Sleep Dealer (2008), a science-fiction set on the United States/Mexico border, won awards at Sundance and the Berlin International Film Festival. It screened at the Museum of Modern Art and was released in the U.S., France, Japan and other countries.
His recent collaborations with immigration activists and musicians like Aloe Blacc and Manu Chao have earned over fifteen million views on YouTube.
In 2015 Alex was awarded major support from the Surdna Foundation for his film-in-progress, ‘The Infiltrators,’ and he received an Art & Technology Lab Grant from LACMA for an upcoming project in virtual reality.
Rivera is a Sundance Fellow, a Rockefeller Fellow, was the Rothschild Lecturer at Harvard University and was named one of Variety’s “10 Directors to Watch.”