Kim Ray is an award-winning Writer, Director and Producer based in Los Angeles. She has directed commercials for Fortune 500 clients, developed and written scripted and unscripted projects and Executive Produced and Directed premium documentary television. Recent work includes Executive Producing GAGA: FIVE FOOT TWO for Netflix, Directing and Executive Producing ABOUT FACE, with Rosie Huntington Whitely and featuring Kylie Jenner, Huda Kattan and Jen Atkin, for Quibi and Executive Producing HUSTLE IN BROOKLYN for BET, among others.
As a writer, Kim has focused on science-fiction but has also written drama and an Oscar-winning musical comedy. She most recently adapted a short story, written in 1917 by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Susan Glaspell, into a feature-length screenplay. Ray is attached to direct. The script earned a rating of an 8 on The Black List, a feat only 5% of scripts reviewed achieve, and was a trending script on the site in 2021.
Originally from Detroit, Kim attended the College For Creative Studies on a photography scholarship before earning her B.A. in Film from University of Michigan. She began her career in New York, working in film and commercial production and then as a development executive in Film, Drama and Performing Arts at A&E Networks.
Kim holds an MFA in Production/Directing from USC's School of Cinematic Arts where she Co-Wrote and Produced the musical-comedy WEST BANK STORY which premiered at Sundance, won dozens of festivals worldwide and won the Oscar for Best Short Narrative Film. She also wrote and directed THE CONNECTION, an award-winning science-fiction short which was mentored by AVATAR producer Jon Landau. (Kim worked for James Cameron's Lightstorm as a Story Analyst and assisted with research for AVATAR.)
Kim is also an Adjunct Professor at USC where she teaches a course on film production.
In addition to the Oscar, Kim is the recipient of dozens of awards, including the MTV Best Documentary Award for GAGA: FIVE FOOT TWO, placing as a BlueCat Screenwriting Quarterfinalist several times, an Austin Film Festival Semifinalist and winning the Mary Pickford Production Scholarship and an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Fellowship.
Kim aims to create socially conscious work and is drawn to science, politics, history, music, art, design and pop-culture. She is an advocate of fostering and adoption, women's rights and is an Executive Board Member of USC's Women In Cinematic Arts and also the nonprofit Look What She Did.