Hrag ventured into the world of documentary filmmaking by accident while a student at UC Berkeley. As a history major, he was interested in learning more about people who inspired social and political change and discovered that film can be used as a tool to share such stories.
His first documentary, The People’s Advocate: The Life & Times of Charles R. Garry, was called “an illuminating portrait” by The Hollywood Reporter and won the 2007 Bay Area Video Coalition Mediamaker Award. The San Francisco Chronicle identified the documentary as one of the highlights of the 30th Annual Mill Valley Film Festival, where it premiered in October 2007.
Since then, Hrag has worked on an array of passion projects – both documentary and narrative – that are meaningful to him. From fun projects like The Ballerino – a dark comedy that features Borat’s Ken Davitian – to documentary pieces that tackle hard hitting political issues – like a behind the scenes look at System of a Down’s music video Protect the Land – Hrag’s personal goal is to create media that matters. In the process, he hopes to make people think and/or smile. Currently, Hrag is busy working on several projects, including the psychological thriller Animus, which features Angela Sarafyan and Nancy Travis.
Hrag runs the Los Angeles-based political strategy firm Blue State Consulting. Prior to that, he worked at the USC Shoah Foundation – an organization founded by Steven Spielberg that focuses on Holocaust and genocide research and education. Hrag previously served as Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian’s Director of Special Projects and was the producer of the Los Angeles Student Film Festival.