Atlanta, Ga.—You may have heard him, voicing commercials for Home Depot, Verizon, BMW, Nationwide Insurance, and IBM. You may have seen him, appearing in roles on Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, USA Network’s Necessary Roughness, and BET’s 2-hour movie, Let The Church Say Amen, just to name a few… but Mike Ray is an actor, voiceover artist and also a rising filmmaker with a passion for creating content.
This is what veteran actor, Vivica Fox has to say… “I’ve known Mike Ray for many years. This man gives 110% to every project he touches. I look forward to seeing my creative friend explode onto the scene, so others can see what I already know!”
Mike Ray’s pilot The Productive Lie and written script Letters to My Father have already gained noteworthy respect, earning him recognition as Best New Filmmaker at the 2015 Peachtree Village International Film Festival. Letters to My Father is a drama about a dying Army sergeant’s plight to protect the future of his family, in the wake of an ALS diagnosis (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). This emotional telefilm is based on the struggle and actions of Mike Ray’s own father, a veteran of two wars, when faced with the disease.
The Productive Lie, which won the Audience Award at the 2015 Charlotte Black Film Festival, is a feature length production. This crazy, sexy, cool dramedy starts as a telefilm, but finds legs as the story develops into an episodic, were Mike has written several episodes. “I want people to see themselves in the works I create,” says Mike Ray.
The Productive Lie is a comedy about LOVE, LUST, LIES AND THE PURSUIT OF A DREAM. Mike Ray, who acted, wrote, and directed, stars as Chris Parks, a mechanic by day and internet radio personality by night. Chris is also the doting father of Nicole, a precocious 11-year-old, portrayed by NaDej K. Bailey (Containment, Resurrection, Being Mary Jane). Being divorced, he is trying his best to stay focused long enough to turn his following of 1 million internet listeners, into a FM syndication deal. This would be easy, were it not for the antics of his crazy friends…an obsessed childhood gal pal, a difficult ex-wife, and his less-than-honest girlfriend. Audiences get a snapshot of the obstacles of dating for a divorced father, and how co-parenting works, despite their differences.
This story features comedian Rodney Perry (Raising Izzie, Madea’s Big Happy Family), who plays Lester in the film. He states, “Mike Ray is the ultimate triple threat actor, producer and director. I was inspired watching him bring The Productive Lie to life. I just wrote, produced and directed my first film, The Leap. Thanks Mike Ray, for showing me how to be great.” Veteran actor, Tony Vaughn (Drop Dead Diva, Saints & Sinners, and Meet The Browns’ Colonel Cleophus Jackson) adds, “There are not enough words to describe the multi-talented, Mike Ray. When working with him, I was most impressed with his work ethic, and not at all surprised by his writing, acting, and directing. Hats off to him, for all the blessings God has in store.”
Mike Ray has been compared to the likes of pioneer filmmakers, Spike Lee, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Robert Townsend and Tyler Perry…with the versatility to operate both in front of, and behind the camera. He’s an Army brat who has lived in many places, but spends most of his time between Atlanta and LA, networking, and carving out his path.
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