Teens are invited to join award-winning filmmaker and ICP at THE POINT alum Nadia Hallgren in conversation as she shares her journey from her first photography classes in The Bronx to the release of her Netflix documentaries After Maria, and Becoming. Participants will learn about behind the scenes processes of filmmaking and walk away with new ideas and strategies for further developing their own projects.

Stream After Maria and Becoming with the whole family prior to the program. Join us for Nadia Hallgren on Becoming a Visual Storyteller on Saturday, July 11.

About the Program Format

This program will take place on Zoom. Those who register to attend will receive a confirmation email with a link located at the bottom of the email under ‘Important Information’ to join the lecture through a computer or mobile device. 

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Speaker Bio

Nadia Hallgren is an award-winning filmmaker and director of photography from the Bronx, New York.

Most recently Nadia directed Becoming, a documentary about former First Lady Michelle Obama that was released on Netflix in 2020. Prior to that she directed After Maria, a short documentary that tells the story of three mothers displaced by Hurricane Maria, which was shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2019.

Hallgren won the special jury prize at SXSW 2018 for an independent episodic series about women running for office in response to Trump’s election and a Webby for Public Service and Activism (2018) for her film Gavin Grimm vs. about a transgender teen from Virginia headed to the Supreme Court.

With a focus on the craft of vérité storytelling, Nadia has also become one of the leading cinematographers in documentary filmmaking. Her credits include the Sundance award-winner Motherland (2017), Academy Award–nominated and Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winner Trouble the Water (2008), and Sundance award-winner Trapped (2016).

Hallgren is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and an alum of International Center of Photography.

Image: Courtesy of Nadia Hallgren