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. He is producing a short documentary on famed politician and attorney Walter “Wally” Karabian, and a feature length documentary about the impact of the Armenian Genocide.
Currently, Hrag runs the Los Angeles-based political strategy firm Blue State Consulting. Until recently, he worked at the USC Shoah Foundation – an organization founded by Steven Spielberg that focuses on Holocaust and genocide research and education. Previously he was Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian’s Director of Special Projects and the producer of the Los Angeles Student Film Festival.