PETER NICK | The Waiting Room

RELEASED JUNE 18th 2012 I 92 MIN

The Waiting Room aired on Independent Lens in 2013. 
The Waiting Room is an innovative blend of documentary film and social media that follows the life and times of an American public hospital in Oakland, CA amidst the greatest change to our health care system in decades. Peter spoke at TEDMED 2009, a conference that joins healthcare and medicine. He was also a featured speaker for TEDxMaastricht "The Future of Health" in the Netherlands in April 2012. Peter Nicks is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker who has produced projects for network, cable and public television exploring topics such as immigration, journalism and technology. He has also directed media strategy for two social networking start-ups and developed transmedia storytelling projects that make use of emerging social media platforms. He worked as a staff producer for ABC News in New York and as a producer for the innovative PBS documentary series Life 360. Peter Nicks earned his Masters in documentary filmmaking from UC Berkeley in 1999. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children. 

About The Film: The Waiting Room is a character-driven documentary film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. The film offers a raw, intimate, and even uplifting look at how patients, staff and caregivers each cope with disease, bureaucracy and hard choices. The Waiting Room has been recognized and honored with various prestigious awards including the Special Jury Mention for a Feature Length Documentary, 2012 Ashland Independent Film Festival; the Golden Gate and the Audience Award, San Francisco International Film Festival; the Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award at the 2012 Full Frame Documentary Festival; Special Jury Mention for a U.S. Feature, 2012 Silverdocs Documentary Festival, among others. 

About The Storytelling Project: The Waiting Room Storytelling Project is a location-based social media and community engagement initiative that aims to improve the patient experience through the collection and sharing of digital content. This cultural data – video, data visualizations, photographs and text – is collected in the waiting room by creating frameworks for sharing that range from anonymous expressions of feeling to deeper storytelling. Check out the project website: