Last week Nadia Hallgren, ICP at THE POINT alumna, visited our Thursday teen class. She shared her work with us, told us a bit about her early years at THE POINT, and spoke about her incredible career path from there. Today, Nadia is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and cinematographer. She shared stories with us about her time as a high school student and told us how she made a short film in the Hunts Point neighborhood, which was then shown at a small film festival in the area. Following that festival, Nadia was invited to work as a production assistant on the set of Michael Moore’s critically acclaimed documentary film, Fahrenheit 9/11 – which Nadia ended up actually shooting a scene for!
Nadia went on to study film at Hunter College – the same college which our student Franny Lopez will be attending in the fall! It was a wonderful moment and Nadia and Franny turned out to have a lot in common. The students all had plenty of questions for Nadia, and it was wonderful for them to hear from someone who was once a student in their very same classroom!
After Nadia’s visit we had an hour to spare, and spent some time learning some DIY studio lighting techniques!