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After years of bitter separation, Quinn (Juan Castano) learns that his brother Ray is gone for good. Seeking closure, he attends the funeral where he meets Daphne (Sarah Steele) and discovers the shocking truth about Ray’s final hours.
Juan Castano (Quinn): In addition to starring in the Netflix shows What/If and Tales of the City, Juan has received both the Drama Desk and the Lucille Lortel Award for his outstanding work in NY theatre. In 2022, he'll star in Career Opportunities in Murder and Mayhem on Hulu and in the Geffen Theatre's production of The Inheritance.
Sarah Steele (Daphne): Sarah currently plays Marissa Gold on the hit show, The Good Fight. She has starred in many films such as Speech and Debate, Please Give and Spanglish. For her work, she has received an Independent Spirit Award as well as a Drama Desk Award for the Broadway play The Humans.
Charles Socarides (writer/director): Charlie has been a working New York actor going on two decades. Career highlights include playing the lovable monster Scott Goodman on the CBS show Madam Secretary and playing his own brother (yes, you read that right!) on the ABC series When We Rise. His work has been profiled on Vulture, NPR, Nightline and in the New York Times. In addition to acting, he loves working with kids. Ray is his first film.
Jordan T. Parrott (Director of Photography):
Jordan is a prolific narrative and commercial Director of Photography. Some notable achievements include Chaperone premiering at Sundance 2022, See You Then which had its World Premiere at SXSW 2021, Tom in America which earned him recognition for the Indie Soul Best Cinematography Award at the Boston International Film Festival, Vimeo Staff Pick for the documentary A Taco Told in Texas, and “Short of the Week” for his film Stryka.
Cheyenne Ford (Production Designer): Cheyenne is a 2021 BAFTA Breakthrough Artist. Her recent credits include the indie hit Shiva Baby (SXSW 2021; Toronto International Film Festival), the short film Friend of Sophia which will play Wicked Queer, Boston's LGBTQ+ film festival this year and the feature Milkwater which had its premiere at the Brooklyn Film Festival in 2021.
Adam Bradley (Producer): Adam is a New York-based producer, writer and actor. His company, Well Drawn Dog, has produced the films Long Walk to Forever, Yesterday Last Year, RSVP and others.
Robbie Tann (actor): Robbie has appeared on well over a dozen TV shows. Most recently he starred as "Billy Ross" in the HBO hit show Mare of Easttown.
Brian D. Coats (Lance): Brian has acted in plays on- and off-Broadway and in theatres across the country. He is currently starring in the Huntington Theatre's production of Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye.
Editor: Jason Hoffmann
Sound Design and Mix: Guy Rosmarin
Producer/Unit Production Manager: Max Rothman
Executive Producers: Cameron Peters
Associate Producer: Manisha Sharma
Music: Jordan Plotner
Intimacy Coordinator: Warren Hull
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Ray was so proud to receive funding from Northern Illinois Recovery Center in pre-production. They are an addiction therapy treatment center serving Chicago and surrounding counties.
Why I Made Ray
Ray is a work of fiction, but it was inspired by watching my own brother's journey in recovery.
Click here to read Charlie's Director's Statement and to learn more of the story behind Ray.