David Ray, an Adjunct Professor in UBC’s Film Production program in the Film and Theatre Department wrote, produced and directed a movie entitled Grand Unified Theory which has been selected to be featured in VIFF/Vancity’s Theatre’s celebration of National Canada Film Celebration April 16th and 20th. It is a drama/comedy with elements of astrophysics written in collaboration with another member of UBC’s faculty, Dr. Jaymie Matthews.

The feature length dramatic comedy Grand Unified Theory, a startlingly original story set during one fateful weekend when the family of brilliant astrophysicist Albert James has a complete meltdown, sets in motion a raucous and hilarious series of events that mirror his radical theories of the behaviour of the universe.

Links to the Grand Unified Theory film and the screenings are below:

Photographer: Jeff Topham

David Ray:

Vancouver-based Ray is a passionate director with an original voice who combines a love of casting and performance with great attention to detail in the technical aspects of cinematography, elevating traditionally genre specific work with an artistic sensibility and breath-taking authenticity.

Ray’s feature length directorial debut was the dark comedy he also wrote and Co-Produced entitled FETCHING CODY, starring Jay Baruchel (TROPIC THUNDER/THIS IS THE END), which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival before travelling the world and being picked up by Showtime and Netflix (USA).

A stalwart at the SyFy Channel, six of his MOW screenplays have been produced, as has forays into animation, including work on the series ANIMISM for APTN and THE HENCHMEN for Bron Studios. No stranger to the gaming industry, he was the lead writer on the blockbuster NEED FOR SPEED: CARBON with Electronic Arts.

His commercial work has garnered praise as well, directing campaigns for Vancity, VIFF and ING that have won several Marketing Awards, a Lotus, two Golden Quills and been short-listed at Cannes.


For more upcoming events on our National Canada Film Celebration at Theatre & Film, please visit: