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.
Subsequently, he worked on an array of projects, including a short documentary that chronicled celebrated filmmaker Dr. J. Michael Hagopian, and a dark comedy that featured Borat’s Ken Davitian and System of a Down’s Shavo Odadjian. His most recent project – a short documentary titled “Karabian: A Glimpse Into a Statesman’s Life” – premiered in late 2018 and traces the encounters that famed politician and attorney Walter “Wally” Karabian had with figures like John F. Kennedy and Fidel Castro. Hrag is currently producing a documentary about the impact of the Armenian Genocide.
Currently, 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 the producer of the Los Angeles Student Film Festival.