Vincent James Straggas is a multiple-Emmy-award-winning producer, director, writer, and editor. He has worked on national and international film and television productions for nearly 30 years. His documentary films search for truth within social and ethical situations, hoping to raise (and sometimes answer) difficult questions.

His public-broadcasting achievements range from studio directing and post-production editing for such series as Masterpiece Theatre, Mystery!, Evening at the Pops, Long Ago and Far Away, Degrassi High, ZOOM, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, The American Experience, and Between the Lions.

Mr. Straggas has also a produced and directed for hundreds of studio productions ranging from live current affairs shows, children’s programs, comedy shows, variety entertainment specials, and large-scale music productions, with artists such as Nicholas Payton, Chucho Valdes, Chuck Mangione, Dave Brubeck, Bobby McFerrin, Bill Cosby, Lewis Black, and many others.

Our History

John P. Straggas, my father, whom Flagday Productions is dedicated to, worked his entire life in the Motion Picture industry.

For over forty years, he was a Movie Projectionist in the Boston area. When he wasn’t confined to a dark projection booth, he was a crew member on nearly every film that travelled east in the 1960s and 70s and worked on iconic films like Never Too Late, Love Story, and The Brink’s Job.

The film Cinema Paradiso draws strong parallels to my life, as the kid who emulated the man in the projection booth and later following in his footsteps. What a thrill for any child to be able to watch movie after movie and dream on the big screen.

After countless 8mm and 16mm films were shot with friends, I attended film school and later worked at WGBH-TV in Boston where I learned from some of the finest filmmakers in the world.

After 19 years with WGBH I left in 2001 to form Flagday Productions, a full-service production and post-production facility for broadcast clients and corporate professionals. That same year, we post-produced John McDermott: A Time to Remember and produced The Cottars for CBC television in Canada.

In 2003, Flagday premiered its first film, After Words, an hour-long documentary examining aphasia, a rare neurological disorder. That same year, I directed Strategic Humor Initiative for David Frost Television, which enjoyed a wide international broadcast and distribution.

Throughout our history Flagday Productions and WGBH-TV have worked closely on several award winning series. Over the past several years Flagday Productions has focused on feature-length documentary films for both theatrical and broadcast release.

Our productions have taken us around the globe looking for stories. Most recently in rural China, Uganda, and Haiti.

Awards

2011
  • Best Director in a Documentary Feature for Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream, Los Angeles Film Quarterly Film Festival
2009
  • Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Series for Between The Lions, Daytime Emmy
  • Golden Camera Award (Producer) for Between the Lions, Germany
2008
  • Grand Prix Award (Producer) for Between the Lions, France
  • Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Series for Between The Lions, Daytime EmmyNominated
2004
  • Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Series for Between The Lions, Daytime Emmy
2002
  • Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Series for Between The Lions, Daytime EmmyNominated
2001
  • Outstanding Achievement in Single-Camera Editing for Between The Lions, Daytime Emmy
  • Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Series for Between The Lions, Daytime EmmyNominated
2000
  • Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing for the Basic Black: Ellington’s Sentimental Mood, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Boston/New England Chapter Emmy AwardsNominated
1999
  • Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing for the Basic Black, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Boston/New England Chapter Emmy AwardsNominated
  • Outstanding Entertainment Program – Producer for the Greater Boston special New England on Location, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Boston/New England Chapter Emmy AwardsNominated
1998
  • Telly Award for production of The American Experience – Influenza 1918
  • Telly Award for production of The American Experience – Surviving The Dustbowl
  • Telly Award for production of The American Experience – FDR
  • Outstanding Entertainment Program – Producer for the Greater Boston special At the Pops, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Boston/New England Chapter Emmy AwardsNominated
  • Outstanding Entertainment Program – Producer for the Greater Boston special State of Political Humor, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Boston/New England Chapter Emmy AwardsNominated
1997
  • Outstanding Achievement – Studio Director for the series The Long and Short of It, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Boston/New England Chapter Emmy Awards
  • Outstanding Public Affairs Studio Special – Studio Director for Town Meeting: Boston School Committee on the Ballot, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Boston/New England Chapter Emmy AwardsNominated
1995
  • PBS Advertising and Promotion Award for WGBH’s Masterpiece Theatre production, The Blue Boy