Biographical Summary
LORRAINE GRAY is an internationally award winning nonfiction film director and producer. She has received an Emmy Award, Oscar nomination and a duPont-Columbia Broadcast Journalism Award as the director/producer of her independent documentaries.

Ms. Gray is best known for two of her documentary films: the classic With Babies and Banners, the untold story of the women’s role in the Great General Motors Sit Down Strike which captures the essence of life and work in the 1930s and The Global Assembly Line, the human story behind the new global economy. Both are hour long national PBS Specials. Their awards include Blue Ribbons and a Grand Prize, American Film Festival; Golden Apple, National Film and Video Film Festival; Award of Excellence, National Film Advisory Board; the John Grierson Award; an Outstanding Film of the Year, London Film Festival; as well as an Oscar nomination and Emmy Award.

In her early twenties, Lorraine Gray worked as a freelance photojournalist for newspapers and magazines such as The Washingtonian, Education Today, and the New York Times, Washington DC Photo Bureau, receiving a first place award from the Virginia Press Association. In addition, she team-produced and researched the award winning independent documentary film, The Emerging Woman about women’s economic and social history in the US.

In Washington, DC, Ms. Gray co-founded and directed the Educational TV and Film Center, dedicated to the production and distribution of educational film and companion booklets about women & work: past & present. There she wrote, produced and directed documentaries from their conception, to script, to screen.

Lorraine Gray moved to Los Angeles as a Directing Fellow at the American Film Institute. And as an adjunct professor, she taught directing and producing, fiction and nonfiction, film and video, at University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television for two years. In addition, she spoke at museums and universities such as Museum of Modern Art, NYC; Carnegie Mellon University; Musee de l'Homme, Paris; and American Film Institute, The Kennedy Center.

Ms. Gray received a Bachelor of Science Interdisciplinary Degree in Communications/Economics from American University in Washington, DC and in Los Angeles, a one-year program Directing Certificate from the American Film Institute. In addition, she studied directing, producing, and story structure at the UCLA Extension Program and the Directors’ Guild of America/West Coast as a DGA member.

Lorraine Gray has worked extensively in the Los Angeles film/television industry as a nonfiction director and segment producer on nonfiction series for network/cable television, and on dramatic films for studios and companies such as Disney Channel, PorchLight Entertainment, NBC, USA Network, and TNT. Her nonfiction work includes segment producing the science/adventure series World of Wonder for Discovery Channel -- conceptualizing and producing programs on topics including Starlight, Moonlight, about astronomy and capturing light from the stars; Kingdom of the Ants; Kinetic Waters, science in ocean kayaking; Cold Water Survival; and time-lapse cinematography. Her work on dramatic films includes associate producing Glory and Honor, a Turner Network feature film about Robert Peary and Mathew Henson’s collaboration with the Inuit as they explored the Arctic, in the race to be the first men to reach the North Pole.

Lorraine W. Gray’s life-time commitment to educating broad audiences about women & work: past & present has lead her to begin development on her current documentary project, One Hundred Stories: Women in Science and Technology, to help bring girls and young women from all backgrounds across the digital divide to explore the exciting world of science and technology.
Two Films by Lorraine Gray
With Babies and Banners
The Global Assembly Line
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