Happy #bookbirthday to RAY BY RAY, Nicca Ray’s intimate, compelling book about the intertwining lives of her father, legendary film director Nicholas Ray (Rebel Without A Cause), and herself—as a child, a rebellious Hollywood teen, and an adult film director in her own right. This well-researched biography/memoir includes many never-before-published stories garnered from her interviews with family members, Hollywood icons such as Dennis Hopper, Wim Wenders, and Norman Lloyd, as well as her own memories of being the daughter of Hollywood royalty.
We’ll be holding several virtual book launches for the RAY BY RAY, including:
Wednesday, April 29, 8pm EST: Nicca Ray in conversation with LA punk legend Chris D. livestreaming to Facebook and Youtube. Chris D. may be best known for his punk / post-punk groups The Flesheaters and Divine Horsemen. But he has also spent decades as a film historian, specializing in noir and cult movies, as both a teacher, author, and film programmer at LA’s famed Egyptian Theatre. Catch him tonight in a livestream interview with Nicca as they discuss her father’s films, LA punk, and how to remain creatively rebellious throughout your life.
Saturday, May 9, 2pm EST: Nicca Ray in conversation with director Samuel Fuller’s daughter Samatha Fuller (screenwriter and director of A Fuller Life). The daughters of two rebellious Hollywood directors have a lot to discuss: be a part of their first meeting ever. Livestreaming to YouTube and Facebook
RAY BY RAY: A Daughter’s Take on the Legend of Nicholas Ray, by Nicca Ray; 978-1-941110-87-4; Trade Paper Original; 360 pages; $20; Pub Date: April 21, 2020
About the Author
Nicca Ray was raised in Los Angeles, not far from the Griffith Park Planetarium where scenes from her father, Nicholas Ray’s, most famous film, Rebel Without a Cause, were shot. First inspired by the New York Dolls performing on the Real Don Steele Show, she became heavily involved in the L.A. punk scene by the time she was 15, spending many wild nights at Hollywood clubs. At age 20, she began work on getting sober, and shortly after, moved to New York, where, in her early 30s, was accepted into the New School University. While a student she published short stories in various journals, made two short films—including one that screened at the New York Underground Film Festival—and starred in Cutting Moments, the first film in the underground gore classic series, Family Portraits: A Trilogy of America, directed by Douglas Buck. After graduating in 1999, at thirty-eight years old, she devoted her life to researching and interviewing people about her father’s life, for which Ray by Ray is a culmination. She currently lives in New York City.