Introducing the Crew
We are Amy Kalafa and Alexander Gunuey, a husband and wife team. We work out of our home studio in Fairfield County, Connecticut.
A-RAY.tv is the first solar-powered video production company in the State of Connecticut. We are committed to conserving precious resources including energy, time and funding.
Here's something about us you won't find on our resumes: We founded the first certified organic poultry and game bird farm on the East Coast. Animal Farm helped spark the sustainable food movement.
A life-long environmentalist, holistic health and social justice advocate, Amy recently completed her MBA in Sustainability. As a writer, producer, editor and independent documentary filmmaker for over 30 years, she has worked in every genre and style. Amy is perhaps best known for her independent documentary, Two Angry Moms, the movie that sparked a school food revolution. The film has been honored at festivals around the US, and been featured in major national media including Good Morning America, NPR, the New York Times and the cover of USA Today.
Amy also created and Executive Produced the primetime series, “Inside the Criminal Mind,” featured on Court TV’s Crime Stories.
With her partner Alex Gunuey, she produced, directed, and edited “From the Deep Grapevine”, a documentary about the French roots of Cajun and Creole culture that was nationally distributed on PBS. Amy has won film festival awards, Telly Awards, the Connecticut Vision Award and has been nominated for Peabody, Emmy and Cable Ace awards. She holds a Lectureship in Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine and a B.A. with Honors in Semiotics and Film from Brown University.
Amy’s long list of editorial credits include CBS Primetime series “48 Hours” and “Street Stories”; 3 seasons of T. Berry Brazelton’s trendsetting parenting show, “What Every Baby Knows”; several seasons of “Weddings of a Lifetime” (Lifetime Television); numerous PBS and Cable TV shows and specials, and several years with “Martha Stewart Living”. Most of these shows were edited off-site at the studios of A-RAY.tv.
In addition to her work as a producer / shooter / editor, Amy is also a published author. Her book “Lunch Wars: How to Start a School Food Revolution and Win the Battle for Our Children’s Heath” (Tarcher / Penguin, 2011), has been touted as, “the visionary and groundbreaking book about sustainable school food advocacy and policy” and was nominated for the Books for a Better Life Award. She has also written articles for Weston Magazine, Sustainable Connecticut Magazine and numerous blogs.
Amy has owned and operated A-Ray for thirty years – first in New York City and now in the woods of Connecticut. Her clients include all of the major networks as well as the Reiner Foundation, Yale University and the United Nations Development Project. A pioneer in working independently as a subcontractor for larger production companies, Amy is pleased to be able to offer her creativity, writing, producing, shooting and postproduction skills to clients on both coasts and around the globe.
Amy is a member of the Producers Guild of America.
After immigrating to New York from France, Alex spent 17 years as the chief editor for the New York bureau of France 2. His daily news reports included coverage of electoral campaigns, political and economic summits, sporting events, concerts and exhibitions. As part of the France 2 news crew, Alex traveled to nearly every country in the Western Hemisphere, reporting on such events as drug wars in Columbia and Peru, the deposition of Noriega in Panama, the US intervention in Grenada as well as several coup attempts in Haiti.
His final assignment for France 2 involved three weeks “underground” with the Oklahoma and Montana militias in the wake of the Murrow FBI building bombing. To balance his work in breaking news, Alex also edited videos and feature documentaries for Yoko Ono, Rony Bird and other talents, and his independent art videos from this period are in the collection of the Pompidou Center (Beaubourg) museum of modern art in Paris.
A move to Connecticut and two children involved a change of pace – Alex became the editor for two seasons of Lifetime’s daily series “Kids These Days”, an ABC Primetime Special “The Senior Prom”, the CBS Primetime series “Body Human 2000”, numerous episodes of Lifetime’s “Weddings of a Lifetime” as well as several independent features and documentaries for PBS.
Alex spent five years as a staff editor on the Emmy-winning “Martha Stewart Living” show. There he was rated the most productive editor every year. While at Martha Stewart, Alex also directed, shot and contributed to the editing on the Court TV Primetime series “Inside the Criminal Mind”. His editing on Bravo’s “Palladium” documentary feature earned the show the prestigious Imagen award in 2003. In 2004 Alex joined Amy as a full-time partner in A-Ray Editorial. He took on the role of broadcast producer / senior editor for two seasons of the PBS series Cultivating Life as well as several seasons of the Emmy-nominated series Lidia’s Italy, which garnered the prestigious James Beard Award in 2009.
In 2011 Alex and Amy’s work was honored by 4 Telly Award for their productions for MXtv, a green-themed cable channel. In 2012 they produced a 13-part series about clean and sustainable energy, “Our Stories” for Constellation which won three Telly Awards. In 2013 Alex joined the team of the acclaimed Discovery series, “Chasing Classic Cars, where he has now completed his sixth season."
Alex is also a volunteer firefighter, a chef, a food and wine lover and a certified Frenchman.