About the Film

Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream is a one hour tour de force of comedy, commentary and conversation with some of America’s most iconic personalities and social critics, as well as family, friends and total strangers as they speak up and speak out on the American Dream.

As he weaves his stand up comedy career into the fabric of the American Dream, you’ll meet Oscar winners and comedians, historians and the homeless as he aspires to make us laugh, to make us think, and encourages us to dream.

Featuring the Interviews and opinions of Howard Zinn, Robert Altman, Mort Sahl, Janeane Garafalo, Sean Hannity, Lewis Black, Margery Eagan, Jim Braude, Bobcat Goldthwaite, Sister Lena Divey, Al Franken, Robert Reich, Colin Quinn, Barry Crimmins, Jimmy’s mother Frances and more.

Music by Willie Nelson,The Mighty, Mighty Bosstones, The Neighborhoods, and Jimmy Tingle on harmonica.

A one hour documentary film by Jimmy Tingle and Vincent Straggas of Flag Day Productions

Written, Produced and Starring Jimmy Tingle
Directed and Edited by Vinnie Straggas of Flag Day Productions www.flagdayproductions.com
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About the Filmmakers

Jimmy Tingle: Executive Producer, Lead Actor, Producer

Jimmy Tingle is regarded as one of the top social and political humorists in America.
He has worked as a stand up comic, producer, writer, actor, filmmaker and commentator in several mediums from the early 1980’s to the present day.

Tingle was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts where the social, political and economic diversity of that city laid the groundwork for his development as a performer and satirist.

After graduating from Southeastern Massachusetts University in 1977 he started performing during the early stand up comedy scene in Boston in the 1980’s and quickly rose through the ranks from open-mike performer to paid engagements, headlining at comedy clubs, theaters and colleges nationwide.

Tingle recently returned to school, earning a masters degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He was selected to give the graduate address at Harvard’s 2010 commencement ceremony.

His professional career has spanned nearly 3 decades.  Prior to “American Dream”, Tingle completed two seasons with 60 Minutes II on CBS as the humorist / commentator in the Andy Rooney spot. He worked as a contributor and satirist for MSNBC and has appeared on The Tonight Show, CNN, Larry King’s Weekend, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The American Comedy Awards, as well as his own HBO comedy special.  He has also been a guest on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

Film credits include consulting and playing a television talk show host on Chris Rock’s “Head of State”. Other film credits include the role of the neighborhood bartender in Next Stop Wonderland, a priest in Boondock Saints, and a restaurant owner in “By the Sea”. He played himself in the International Emmy winning arts documentary “Dammed in the USA”

His theatrical credits include writing and starring in four one-person shows all of which were directed by Larry Arrick. “Jimmy Tingle’s Uncommon Sense; Jimmy Tingle in the Promise Land; Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream and his current production, Jimmy Tingle for President: The Funniest Campaign in History.”

Tingle has the rare distinction of winning the prestigious “Best of Boston” award as both a performer “Best of Boston” 2001 in the “stand up comedy” category and as a producer in 2007 for Jimmy Tingle’s OFF BROADWAY Theater.

Vincent Straggas, Cinematographer/DP, Director, Editor

Vincent James Straggas is an award-winning producer/director/writer/editor who has worked on national and international film and television productions for almost 30 years.

Among his public-broadcasting credits are his in-studio directing and post-production editing of such series as Masterpiece Theatre, Mystery!, Evening at Pops, Long Ago and Far Away, Degrassi High, ZOOM, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? and American Experience. Among his hundreds of studio productions ranging from live current affairs shows, children’s programs, comedy and variety entertainment to large-scale music productions are projects with artists such as Nicholas Payton, Chucho Valdes, Chuck Mangione, Dave Brubeck, Penn and Teller, Bobby McFerrin, Bill Cosby, Patti LaBelle, Kristen Chenoweth and many others. As producer and director of The Long and the Short of It (with Senator Alan Simpson and Robert Reich), he won his first Emmy Award. Since then his work has garnered an impressive number of national Emmy Awards as well as a rich roster of other accolades both in the United States and abroad, most recently the 2008 Grand Prix Award for television excellence in Paris and the 2009 Golden Camera Award for directing in Berlin.

In 2000, Mr. Straggas began Flag Day Productions, a full-service production and post-production facility for broadcast clients and corporate professionals. In 2003, Flag Day premiered its film After Words, an hour-long documentary examining the neurological disorder, aphasia. That same year Mr. Straggas directed Strategic Humor Initiative for David Frost Television, which enjoyed a wide international broadcast and distribution.

Flag Day’s 2009 film entitled Marathon is a feature length documentary that deals with the inner workings of a large Boston hospital. In January 2011, Flag Day premièred An American Dream, a 90-minute documentary starring comedians/political satirists Jimmy Tingle, Colin Quinn, Lewis Black, Jeanine Garafolo, the late Robert Altman and a cast of some of the country’s most prominent politicians. Also being released in 2011 is Flag Day’s Grete and Susan. Flag Day is currently in post-production with Love is Blind, a feature-length documentary shot in China.

 


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