Rex Ray: A Portrait

A snapshot of San Francisco based queer artist Rex Ray, told through the objects he collected during his life. Ray was best known for his innovative pop aesthetic in fine and commercial art—on canvases, wood panels, album covers, paper, book jackets, murals, and rock and roll posters. His early designs include the first graphics for the San Francisco chapter of Act Up; many guerilla marketing flyers and posters for queer nightclubs; book covers for City Lights Books and HIGH RISK/Serpent’s Tail, and he later designed work for David Bowie, The Residents, Bill Graham Presents, DreamWorks, Levis, Frameline Festival, and Apple.

  • Kegan Marling
  • Joshua Hassel
    Interview Audio
  • Crowander
  • Rex Ray
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 5, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    450 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - City College of San Francisco
  • Frameline: The San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival
    San Francisco
    United States
    June 21, 2022
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ+ Film Festival
    Palm Springs
    United States
    September 24, 2022
  • Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival
    United States
    October 2, 2022
  • San Francisco Short Film Festival presented by SF IndieFest
    San Francisco
    United States
    October 13, 2022
  • GAZE International LGBTQ+ Film Festival GAZE International LGBTQ+ Film Festival
    October 15, 2022
    International Premiere
Director Biography - Kegan Marling

Kegan Marling (he/they) is a photographer, video editor, and arts consultant from the San Francisco Bay Area. Influenced by artists Della Davidson, Lea Anderson, Nigel Charnock and Joe Goode, his work focuses on queer pursuits of play within communities – including gaymers, pups, drag queens, wrestlers, cowboys, and faeries.

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