John A. Gallagher is a New York City-based filmmaker, a fixture for over 30 years as a director, writer, producer, author, and historian. He is an educator with a highly regarded, encyclopedic knowledge of films and filmmaking. His track record is especially strong in discovering and mentoring new talent. Among the actors John has worked with in debut or significant early roles are John Leguizamo, Amanda Peet, Zach Braff, Michael Imperioli, Gretchen Mol, Matthew Lillard, Vincent Pastore, Heather Matarazzo, and Denis Leary. He wrote and directed the critically acclaimed feature romantic fable Blue Moon, starring screen legends Ben Gazzara and Rita Moreno. Blue Moon won Best American Feature at the Avignon/New York Film Festival, and Best Fantasy Film at Worldfest Houston. John also directed and co-wrote the popular cult comedy The Deli, with a cast including Mike Starr, Matt Keeslar, Gretchen Mol, Ice T, Heather Matarazzo, Debi Mazar, Michael Imperioli, Iman, David Johansen, Burt Young, Chris Noth, Heavy D, Frank Vincent, Vincent Pastore and Tony Sirico. The Deli won the Spirit of Independents Award at the Ft. Lauderdale Int’l Film Festival, and was cited for Excellence in Filmmaking by the National Board of Review.