Ina Adele Ray (aka Adele) is a Vietnamese and American (Scotch-Irish origins) filmmaker that migrated from Brooklyn, NY to Oakland, CA back in 2011. She has worked in film and video production in both the commercial and non-profit worlds as a producer, director, and editor for over 20 years to support her passion for filmmaking. Her television editing work includes 30, 60, and 90 minute programs about China and Chinese culture for D3 Productions, Inc. that have aired on PBS and CCTV. Her most recent producing and directorial work are series of short videos for SF-based company, MyHealthTeams, a social networking company for communities with chronic health conditions. She has also completed editorial work for the non-profit, The Homeless Children's Network for producer/director Khamisi Norwood. Adele enjoys working on projects that are dynamic, mission-driven, and/or have a distinct creative vision and style. Her clients include: Ambassadors Circle, One Bay Creative, The Computer History Museum, Google, and several more.
Adele has directed and produced a short VR documentary called "The Red Room Project" that is showing at select venues on the east and west coast of the U.S. and in Asia from 2018-present including Facebook Immersive VR Film event at FB headquarters in Menlo Park, CA, Busan International Film Festival's VR Forum (S. Korea), Jump Into the Light VR lab in New York City, and EPIC2018 Conference in Honolulu, HI. She has also produced and directed “Tony’s House of Music” VR project featuring a museum pop-up designed by D’Wayne Wiggins from the Soul/R&B group, Tony! Toni! Toné! Adele also worked on a VR documentary featuring an undocumented youth for the non-profit group, New American Story Project.
Ray has an MA in Media Studies from the New School University. Her areas of study are documentary, experimental, and narrative film production, as well as film, cultural, and media theory. Adele has also served as a Part-time Assistant Professor, teaching film and media courses at the New School University and has also taught at NYU, Parsons School of Design, and Eugene Lang College. She currently teaches production courses at Berkeley City College. Ray is also founder of the East Bay Documentary Filmmaking Support Group that supports independent documentary filmmakers through monthly peer review sessions, workshops, and screenings which has been running since 2013. Resume link.
Her Presentation: "Melding VR Documentary Cinema & Live Hip-Hop: Processes & Collaboration" [Published in the Busan International Film Festival 2019 VR Forum manuscript]
Her Essay: "Vietnamese at the 'back drop' and the Invisible Cultural Producer" (Published in Hyphen Magazine and Center for Asian American Media: blogs)