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Nadia Hallgren is an award-winning filmmaker and director of photography. 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.

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