ICP at THE POINT Alumna in the Spotlight!

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!

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Nadia allowed us to view her short film, Love Lockdown, which documents the life of a young mother from the Bronx waiting to learn the verdict of her incarcerated boyfriend’s case, while she keeps his spirits high via late-night shout-outs on a popular NYC radio show. Credit: Jamaal Levine, ICP Teaching Assistant

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The film was inspiring and we spent time afterwards, discussing Nadia’s technique and the construction of a strong narrative. Nadia’s feedback on the students’ own work was also really valuable. Credit: Carla Liesching, ICP Faculty

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Student Tony shows Nadia his documentary series on the recent East Village fire. Credit: Alicia Clarke, ICP at THE POINT Program Coordinator

After Nadia’s visit we had an hour to spare, and spent some time learning some DIY studio lighting techniques!

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Working on our lighting techniques. Credit: Carla Liesching

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Credit: Carla Liesching

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