Becoming / Trailer / Director/Cinematographer / Netflix
Becoming / Excerpt / Director/Cinematographer / Netflix
Lowe's / 1101 Russell Street / Deutsch / Director's Cut
After Maria / Trailer / Cinematographer / Netflix
She's the Ticket / Trailer / Director/Cinematographer
Trouble The Water / Trailer / Cinematographer

Working with Nadia

"Because she’s a rare talent, someone whose intelligence and compassion for others comes through in every frame she shoots. Most importantly, she understands the meaning of community, the power of community, and her work is magically able to depict it."

- Former First Lady Michelle Obama

“I had to tell myself, ‘You cannot be scared. Get that courage, because when you’re making a film like [Becoming], every moment is valuable. I’m not the type of filmmaker who is like, ‘I’m gonna hang out for two weeks with no camera.’ If I’m there, I’m                    filming.”

-Nadia Hallgren

Behind the Scenes: Safety During Shooting

Directors Nadia Hallgren and David Gordon Green pose six feet apart on set of EA Madden, making Covid Compliance look cool as ever.

After Maria 

Nadia Hallgren brings the heart-wrenching story of three women forced to leave their beloved Puerto Rico, how their families struggle to adapt to a new life in The Bronx, and the anguish they feel as they face the prospect of becoming homeless again when their federal housing aid expires.

Nominated for Best Short at the International Documentary Awards, Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival, and shortlisted for Best Documentary Short at the Academy Awards.
Read more about this compelling documentary here.

"I first met Nadia in New Orleans days after Katrina —we’d never met, but were suddenly thrown into a disaster area together. We had to stay safe from rampaging paramilitary types, locate a place to sleep at night, sharing laughs, tears, and outrage, all while trying to find a story.  That’s when I became one of the many enamored fans of Nadia Hallgren. She’s a smart and resourceful filmmaker, and a terrific person.  And, lets face it, filmmaking always feels a little bit like navigating an unfolding disaster."

- Amir Bar Lev, Director

Director. Cinematographer. 


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, which was released on Netflix and has been nominated for four Emmys including Best Director, Best Cinematographer and Best Documentary Feature. After Maria, a documentary short, tells the story of three mothers displaced by Hurricane Maria. It was shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2019. Nadia won the special jury prize at SXSW 2018 for She’s the Ticket, an independent episodic series about women running for office in response to Trump’s election.
Her film Gavin Grimm Vs. about a transgender teen from Virginia headed to the Supreme Court was awarded a Webby for Public Service and Activism. With a focus on the craft of vérité storytelling, Nadia is regarded as one of the leading cinematographers in documentary filmmaking. Her cinematography credits include the Sundance award-winner Motherland, Academy Award-nominated and Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winner Trouble the Water, and Sundance award-winner Trapped. Nadia is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and an alum of the International Center of Photography.