LinkedIn / Conversations for Change / LinkedIn Creative Studio
Becoming / Trailer / Director/Cinematographer / Netflix
Pepsi / The Show / Teaser
Audi / Let's Make Sense / thjnk
Omnipresence / The New Yorker / Short Film
LA Opera / Death / Short Film

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 Lowe's, 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.

"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 Director and Cinematographer. Nadia shot and 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.
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 currently in production on a documentary on Civil Rights Attorney Benjamin Crump who is representing the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. A native of The Bronx and a graduate of the International Center of Photography, Nadia is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.