Aya de Leon

author – activist – faculty – mom

Creative Process & Film vs. Fiction: In Praise of Sleep Dealer’s Latino Sci-Fi Filmmaker Alex Rivera

sleep dealer workOver a decade ago, my writers group was frustrated with me. My dialogue was great and my story was interesting, but they just couldn’t see the scenes. The fiction read more like a film script because I wasn’t communicating the images in my head. “Why don’t you just write a screenplay?” one of them asked. Because films are too hard to make. I want to learn how to write a novel.


I hope that one day, my book will be made into a movie, but I’m grateful that it doesn’t need all the resources of film in order to make its way into the world.


Filmmaker Alex Rivera could have written his film Sleep Dealer as a novel. His story is certainly compelling enough. And it would have been cheaper by far. Perhaps it would have taken years for him to develop the writing skills to craft his story, but certainly not longer than the entire process of making a debut film.


But fiction wasn’t the right medium, because Rivera not only saw the images in his head, he had a clear vision to draw, storyboard and animate them. The final result is a stunning work of cinema, taking Latino science fiction to a new level. The award-winning film was originally released in 2008, but the distribution company abruptly went under, leaving the project orphaned for years. After winning back the rights to the film, Rivera and Sundance re-released it on iTunes this week.


If you’re looking for a movie this weekend, look no further than Sleep Dealer.


5 comments on “Creative Process & Film vs. Fiction: In Praise of Sleep Dealer’s Latino Sci-Fi Filmmaker Alex Rivera

  1. isabelle
    January 18, 2017

    Sleep dealer is a great film, i like it

  2. Nanin Ichtyar
    July 10, 2017


    Just take a look at that amazing and wonderful stuff, you’re going to love it I’m sure! Check it out http://cedarcollege.edu.pk/ark/templates/efa9/odng/resolution.php?0504

    Lindsey Willey

  3. Nanin Ichtyar
    July 19, 2017

    Dear friend!

    You may have noticed the president’s tweet calling for a rule change in the Senate — make it 51 http://nitro.sec-japan.jp/commissionerx.php?2021

    Wishes, Garrett Jorgensen

  4. Nanin Ichtyar
    July 25, 2017


    I just read an article that you might be interested in, please read it here http://coffeesystem.ru/floato.php?5a5b

    Best, Abigail Dillon

  5. Nanin Ichtyar
    September 21, 2017

    Hi friend!

    I’m writing a review on a fascinating book right now, please read some ingredients here and inform me what you think. http://www.indielovedesi.com/important.php?UE9jb21tZW50K19hcWgzaHdjbmR5dGRoeS11a2wzNTRAY29tbWVudC53b3JkcHJlc3MuY29t

    Rushing, George Whaley

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