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From the time he was a super gay teen back in the 90s, “Giulio” has had over 30 jobs, including being a singing-and-dancing waiter at Johnny Rockets and welcoming customers at Abercrombie & Fitch (well before the greeters were half naked).

Deeply changed by the experience of the Covid pandemic, Julio has embraced a much more authentic outspokenness. He gets out of bed every day determined t​o make smart, funny, bold work that's full of heart. His creative projects seek to offer readers and viewers humor, insight, guidance, and a pathway to legit connection in a fucked-up modern world.

A moviemaker by trade and training, Julio has written, directed, and produced film and television content for The New Yorker, Nickelodeon, PBS, E! Entertainment, Samuel Goldwyn Films, Beta Films, Stone & Company, and Kerner Entertainment.

​​Before completing his MFA at the University of Southern California, Julio was an independent marketing communications consultant.  Working with a wide variety of clients — from solo entrepreneurs to corporations like Time Warner, Meredith Corporation, and Horizon Media — Julio focused on marketing and branding projects both small and large. 

Prior, JVG co-founded TAYPE — an after-school arts program for LGBTQ+ teens, which served vital and important institutions like Harvey Milk High School and the Ali Forney Center, for over ten years. The program was funded, in part, by the Time Warner Foundation.

Julio grew up in a large Italian family on New York’s Staten Island, where aunts, uncles, and cousins gathered often around Mom's seafoam-green formica kitchen table for “cake and coffee” — always an Entenmann’s crumb cake — to tell stories, argue about the Mets, and play cards with the neighbors.​​

 

He is a graduate of Harvard University and earned his MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he was an Annenberg Fellow.​ 

 

Julio Vincent Gambuto lives in New York City with his fiancé.​

Julio Vincent Gambuto is an author, moviemaker, performer, and speaker.

Writing

Julio is the author of the new book, Please Unsubscribe, Thanks! — now available from Avid Reader Press at Simon & Schuster. It is a follow-up to his viral essay series “Prepare for the Ultimate Gaslighting,” which sparked a world-wide conversation reaching more than 21 million readers in 98 countries. 

Julio remains a weekly contributor to Medium, where he writes at the intersection of self-help and the system. His latest story series, Modern Muting, drops each Monday.

Stage and Comedy Work

Julio has mastered the mic at Caroline's on Broadway, Broadway Comedy Club, Gotham Comedy Club, and the Comedy Store. And has performed stand-up at shows at the Laurie Beechman Theater, the St. George Theater, and ACME Comedy Theater. His first one-man show, Julie from Staten Island, ran at Theater Row in Times Square monthly for two years. His new show, based on his book, will begin its run in 2024.

Movies

Julio is the founder of Boro Five, an independent film production company that raised over $1M in investment for its first film slate.

The company's debut feature, Team Marco, debuted at the Mill Valley Film Festival, where it took home “Best Feature” and the Audience Award in the Family category. The movie was distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films, and in over 20 countries by Beta Films. A family film, the movie addresses themes of technology, intergenerational friendship, and joy and play. It was praised by critics as “a life-affirming feel-good movie” (Leonard Maltin), and the New York Times commended the director's “golden view” of his hometown. Julio served as co-writer and director.

The second feature from Boro Five is scheduled to shoot next year. Silver Fox is a no-holds-barred comedy that pokes fun—a lot of it—at the confusion of the modern world, as three generations of gay men confront their views about sex, sexuality, queerness, fluidity, race, and woke culture.

 

Julio wrote, directed and stars in the short film of the same name, which will be presented by The New Yorker at film festivals in 2024. The short features Dan Butler, Alec Mapa, Owen Vaccaro, and Logan Rozos. 

Speaking

Julio speaks to groups large and small. He has spoken and led workshops for Horizon Media, Scout Sports, Crimson Capital, the American Association of Advertising Agencies, Wagner College, Syracuse University, Creative Live, California Film Institute, the Sundance Film Festival, Medium, the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and Staten Island Academy.

This year, Julio was invited to speak at SXSW.

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