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2017 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Alex Rivera & Cristina Ibarra’s The Infiltrators

Wasn’t that long ago we were complaining about Sleep Dealer helmer Alex Rivera‘s lack of output. We found out midway this year that he and Cristina Ibarra have been cooking up a true inside job in The Infiltrators – a documentary that’ll blow the lid off an actual for profit industry we had no idea existed (there are 180 of them) and would be perfectly timed release for all this wall building chatter. Both the Tribeca and Sundance Institutes supported the project with coin, with Sundance folks giving the docu some post-production coin.

Gist: This tells the real – and surreal – story of a group of immigrants in America who got themselves apprehended by Border Patrol to ‘infiltrate’ secretive, for-profit detention centers, and to help other detained immigrants get free.

Production Co./Producers: Alex Rivera & Cristina Ibarra.

Prediction: U.S. Documentary Comp.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic). TBD (international)

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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