RIVER GALLO [pronouns he/his] is a Salvadoran-American intersex filmmaker, actor, writer, model and advocate with interACT. His work explores the dynamics of personal and confessionary storytelling, and media's healing abilities through re-envisioning minority narratives. He is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts Experimental Theatre Wing and the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts MFA program.
His first short film "Morgan in Maywood" premiered at the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival and received the "Best LGBT Film" award at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards. "Ponyboi," his USC thesis he wrote, co-directed, and acted in, is the first narrative film created by and starring an out intersex person in the history of cinema---produced by Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson. This year River was named one of the “Most Exciting Queer People to Follow in 2019” by Out Magazine and made PAPER Magazine’s list of “100 People Taking Over 2019”.
He is the CEO and co-founder of Gaptoof Entertainment, a multi-media production house in Los Angeles, which focuses on re-envisioning POC, LGBTQIA, and female– narratives.