KTF Films is an independent documentary production company founded in 2006 by Emmy Award -winning directors Dana Nachman and Don Hardy. Our focus is creating films that move people to action. We maximize social impact by combining artful and emotional stories with innovative audience engagement campaigns.

The Team

Dana Nachman Director/Writer/Producer
Nachman’s 2015 film “Batkid Begins” was bought and distributed by Warner Brothers. Previously she wrote, directed and co-produced the documentaries “Witch Hunt,” which premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival; “Love Hate Love,” which premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival; and “The Human Experiment,” which screened at the… Read more
Don Hardy Director/Producer/Photographer
Don Hardy is an Emmy award winning documentary filmmaker and co-founder of KTF Films. His most recent film, Theory of Obscurity, about the legendary music and art collective known as The Residents premiered at SXSW in 2015 and is slated for theatrical release in 2016. Currently Don is in production… Read more

News & Awards

Batkid Begins
“A Superhero Wish Becomes The Feel Good Movie of The Year”
Batkid Begins
“You Have No Idea How Good Batkid Begins Will Make You Feel”
Theory of Obscurity
“THEORY OF OBSCURITY is nirvana for music and film lovers alike.”
– Arthur Glover, Scenester
The Human Experiment
“Powerful documentary.”
– ABCNews
The Human Experiment
“This is a film that much of Corporate America does not want you to see. We do.”
– EcoWatch
Witch Hunt
“A movie that can't help but move you - to tears and to action.”
– Marshall Fine, Film Critic

Dana Nachman


Nachman’s 2015 film “Batkid Begins” was bought and distributed by Warner Brothers. Previously she wrote, directed and co-produced the documentaries “Witch Hunt,” which premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival; “Love Hate Love,” which premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival; and “The Human Experiment,” which screened at the Mill Valley and IDFA Film Festivals.  She has won a number of awards over the course of her career, including three regional Emmy Awards, Edward R. Murrow Award, Heartland Film Truly Moving Picture Award, Common Sense Media Seal, Certified Fresh Award: Rotten Tomatoes, the Dove Foundation Seal and more than a dozen Jury and Audience Awards at film festivals.

Nachman’s films have also been seen on various television networks, including MSNBC, The Oprah Winfrey Network and PBS.  In addition to her film work, Nachman is a guest journalism lecturer at Stanford University.

Born and raised in New York, Nachman graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut with a dual degree in Middle Eastern Studies and International Relations.  She went on to earn a Master’s Degree from NYU in Broadcast Journalism.

“Batkid Begins” premiered at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival and has since been honored at film festivals across the country, winning Audience Awards for Best Documentary at the Cinequest, Omaha, Dallas, Ashland, and Rincón International Film Festivals.  Additionally, it has been an official selection at the Bentonville and Chicago Critics Film Festivals and received the Heartland Film Truly Moving Picture Award and the Common Sense Media Seal and the Dove Foundation Seal. “Batkid Begins” is a part of 2016’s American Film Showcase. Nachman will travel with the film as a United States envoy with this prestigious film diplomacy program.

Nachman is currently in production on a feature documentary called “Pick of the Litter” which follows a litter of puppies from birth until they make the cut to become Guide Dogs for the Blind or get cut from the program (think Spellbound or Hoop Dreams for dogs.) Nachman is also in post production on a documentary short called, “Washed Away” about a man whose only relief from excruciating chronic pain is to make magnificent sand mandalas that are swept away by the tide hours later.

Don Hardy


Don Hardy is an Emmy award winning documentary filmmaker and co-founder of KTF Films. His most recent film, Theory of Obscurity, about the legendary music and art collective known as The Residents premiered at SXSW in 2015 and is slated for theatrical release in 2016.

Currently Don is in production on two new feature films: Pick of the Litter follows a litter of puppies from birth until they make the cut to become guide dogs for the blind or get cut from the program and Camp Penn which documents the birth and growth of an NGO in Haiti after the catastrophic earthquake in 2010.

Don’s film The Human Experiment was released in theaters by Area 23a and on VOD by FilmBuff in the spring of 2015. The film is narrated and executive produced by Oscar® winner Sean Penn and lifts the veil on the shocking reality that thousands of untested chemicals are in our everyday products, our homes and inside of us.

Don also served as Director of Photography on Batkid Begins, which premiered at Slamdance in early 2015. The film takes viewers back to November 15th, 2013, the day San Francisco turned into Gotham City, and the day the Internet was nice. More than a billion people took to social media to cheer on Batkid, even President Obama! Batkid Begins was released by Warner Brothers/New Line Cinema in June 2015.

In 2011, Don’s film, Love Hate Love, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film won several film festival awards and had its US broadcast premiere on the Oprah Winfrey Network in 2012.

His first film, Witch Hunt, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008 and was broadcast on MSNBC.

Over the years, Don has won numerous awards for his films, photography, and editing including 6 Emmys, 3 Edward R. Murrow Awards, 7 Associated Press Awards, the prestigious San Francisco Bay Area Photographer of the Year Award and more than 15 National Press Photographer Association Awards.