The writer, co-director and star of the short film Ponyboi — about an intersex runaway — makes history and leads representation.
“It’s just like the wildest dream come true,” says River Gallo, whose Ponyboi can be seen on demand via Showtime beginning June 12 as part of Spotlights: A Showtime Short Film Series — a new episodic anthology series showcasing the work of emerging filmmakers.
The short film, which Gallo wrote, starred in and co-directed with Sadé Clacken Joseph (Good Trouble, Rap Sh*t), tells the story of an intersex runaway working at a laundromat and as a sex worker in New Jersey while yearning to find love and happiness.
A master’s thesis project produced when Gallo was a graduate student at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, Ponyboi is executive produced by Stephen Fry and Seven Graham and coproduced by Emma Thompson. The short film premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and is the first narrative film in cinema history created by and starring an out intersex person.
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