Ray Arthur Wang

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Ray Arthur Wang
Wang in 2007
EducationUC Berkeley
Stanford University
Occupation(s)Director, producer

Ray Arthur Wang, born Raymond Wang (pronounced Wong), is an American independent filmmaker.

Personal life[edit]

Wang was born and raised in Livermore, California, where he graduated from Livermore High School.[citation needed]

In 1999, he acquired his B.S. in electrical engineering and computer Science with music minor from University of California, Berkeley.[1]

He went on to receive his M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Stanford University, where he researched wireless communication under the guidance of Donald C. Cox with the support of the National Science Foundation Fellowship and Stanford Graduate Fellowship (Ric Weiland Family Fellow).[2][3]

Film career[edit]

Wang pursued a career in electrical engineering but was increasingly moved by social injustices around him.[citation needed] He founded Raw Power Productions in 2004 with a mission of using the medium of film to effect social change.[4][verification needed]

His directorial feature debut Carma in 2005, starring actress Karen Black as the voice of a haunted Honda Accord,[5] toured local film festivals. It won "Best Picture" and "Indie Auteur of the Year" for Wang at the Bare Bones International Film Festival.[citation needed] Carma premiered as a Special Presentation at Cinequest Film Festival under the name Compartment.[6]

Wang and his team was invited to the Sundance Producers' Conference in 2006,[citation needed] where he was a producer on the women's rights documentary, Tapestries of Hope.[7] The film was an early adopter of the crowdfunding site Indiegogo, which launched in 2008.[8][9] The film featured activist Betty Makoni and discusses sexual abuse in Zimbabwe.[10][11] It released 2010 nationwide in over 100 theaters.[11]

The San Francisco Chronicle praised Wang's debut directorial The Profile for evoking memories of the infamous Wen Ho Lee case on its 10th anniversary.[12] Film critic Richard von Busack also spoke positively on the film in the Metro Silicon Valley,[13] while Film Threat stated, "The Profile feels timeless but is also clearly modern as we look at the recent illegal immigration laws enacted by Arizona."[14]

His short When Sally Met Rascal... is about homelessness and starred Sally Kirkland and Rascal, former winner of the World's Ugliest Dog Contest.[15][16]

In 2011, Wang released the 3D horror short Down Under to raise awareness about the 2008–2010 series of hate crimes against Indians in Australia.[17][18][19][verification needed]

His 2013 short Oksana tells the story of a 9-year-old white girl adopted by an Indian American man and American Indian (Native American) woman and is loosely based on the controversial subject of Russian adoptions in America.[20][21][22][23]

In 2014, Wang completed the short Circle of Life, starring actors Graham Greene and Michael Horse, about the final years of human life.[24][25] Wang collaborated with writer Susan Black for the fourth time in 2014 for Black and White.[26]

His 2017 film Disk 44, an animated remake of The Profile,[definition needed], placed 8th in the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) Amazon Audience Award.[27]

Music career[edit]

Wang started formal piano training at the age of five, shortly after his perfect pitch and ability to play by ear were noticed, and went on to win several piano competitions.[28] Wang was invited to perform as piano soloist with symphony orchestras over ten times,[29][30][31] starting at age ten when he won the Livermore-Amador Symphony's Concerto Competition.[32] After a guest piano appearance with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra for the U.S. Premiere of Philip Glass' Songs of Milarepa in 1999,[33][34] he then won the Stanford Concerto Competition in 2000, performing Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Concerto with them.[35]

In 2006, The Oakland Tribune wrote in reference to his performance of Rachmaninoff's 3rd Piano Concerto, "Wang received the Diablo Symphony's most vociferous ovation ever."[36] A year later, Wang retired from the classical piano concertizing scene to focus on film and engineering but continues to play piano and/or compose music for his movie scores. Wang's debut CD, RAW Encores, was released in December 2013.[citation needed]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Down Under The Horror Zine Review". www.thehorrorzine.com. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  2. ^ "Cardinal Chronicle : 11/00". News.stanford.edu. November 1, 2000. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  3. ^ Cuellar, Jennifer (January 3, 2007). "Be Afraid, Steven Spielberg, Be Very Afraid". Voxilla.
  4. ^ "The Official Website For Raw Power Productions, Inc". Rawpp.com. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  5. ^ Lewis, Don R. (April 11, 2006). "CARMA Review". Film Threat. Archived from the original on October 17, 2006. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  6. ^ Peter Canavese. "Cinequest 15 (Mar. 2–13, 2005)". Groucho Reviews. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  7. ^ Koning, Patricia (October 16, 2008). "Jam with The Front Porch and Suzanna Spring at Tapestries of Hope Benefit" (PDF). The Independent.
  8. ^ "Auteur? Shop your movie to the 'soc-net' set". Christian Science Monitor. July 31, 2008. ISSN 0882-7729. Retrieved February 27, 2020.
  9. ^ "Crowd Source Capital". crowdsourcecapital.blogspot.com. Retrieved February 27, 2020.
  10. ^ "Child rape survivor saves 'virgin myth' victims". CNN. June 4, 2009. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  11. ^ a b Media, Brainstorm. "Facebook, Women Thrive Worldwide Host Nationwide Screenings of Tapestries of Hope". www.prnewswire.com (Press release). Retrieved February 27, 2020.
  12. ^ "California Independent Film Festival – SFGate". Articles.sfgate.com. April 22, 2010. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  13. ^ http://www.rawpp.com/Metro.pdf [bare URL PDF]
  14. ^ "The Profile". Film Threat. May 20, 2010. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  15. ^ "Cleveland International Film Festival :: March 22 – April 1, 2012 / Festival / Films / When Sally Met Rascal... (2010), Ray Arthur Wang". Clevelandfilm.org. April 1, 2011. Archived from the original on October 3, 2011. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  16. ^ "2011 Santa Cruz Film Festival | Santa Cruz Film Festival". Archived from the original on March 31, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  17. ^ "San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival". Caamedia.org. March 8, 2012. Archived from the original on April 18, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
  18. ^ http://www.kazv.net/uploads/8/5/3/0/8530330/shockerfest2012schedule.pdf [bare URL PDF]
  19. ^ "Boston Asian American Film Festival".
  20. ^ "Life Fest 2014 Wrap".
  21. ^ "공지사항(영문) - Finalists for International Short Film Competition of 11th Seoul International Agape Film Festival". Archived from the original on August 9, 2014. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  22. ^ "Oksana | Catskill Mountains Film Festival". Archived from the original on April 13, 2014. Retrieved April 11, 2014.
  23. ^ "::: Education Expo :::Nominated Movies List-3: DSPFF-14".
  24. ^ http://www.rawpp.com/circleoflife/includes/images/theandersonnewsprint.jpg [bare URL image file]
  25. ^ "Terry Gilliam, Alfonso Cuaròn, Matteo Garrone e Jeremy Irons al Film Festival e all'Europa Cinema 2015". gonews.it (in Italian). March 3, 2015. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  26. ^ "Reelport: Film information". Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
  27. ^ Matthei, Doreen (June 16, 2017). ""Disk 44" (2017)". testkammer.com (in German). Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  28. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 24, 2008. Retrieved June 2, 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  29. ^ http://www.pleasantonweekly.com/morguepdf/2006/2006_05_05.pls.section1.pdf [bare URL PDF]
  30. ^ Lesher Center for the Arts (October 7, 2007). ""Symphonic Brilliance" Featuring Pianist Ray Wang and Diablo Symphony". Goldstar. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  31. ^ "Past Concerts 2007-2010". Archived from the original on August 19, 2016. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  32. ^ http://www.livamsymph.org/brochures-compwinners/LASCompetitionWinners.pdf [bare URL PDF]
  33. ^ "On tap at Dinkelspiel: Big Band jazz and Glass premiere". News-service.stanford.edu. November 17, 1999. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  34. ^ http://www.21st-centurymusic.com/ML210305.pdf [bare URL PDF]
  35. ^ "The Leading News Modo Site on the Net". newsmodo.com. Retrieved October 19, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  36. ^ "Bringing season to dramatic finish". May 13, 2006.