Peter Nicks’ documentary on the state of U.S. healthcare, The Waiting Room (pictured), has been picked up by International Film Circuit, which will release the film theatrically in select American cities in September.
The Waiting Room goes behind the scenes at Oakland’s Highland Hospital, looking at patients, staff and caregivers as they cope with disease and bureaucracy. The film will see a limited release in September in New York, San Francisco, LA and Washington DC, ahead of a nationwide rollout in the fall.
The doc was named the winner of the audience award for best documentary at the San Francisco International Film and picked up the Full Frame Guggenheim emerging artist award.
International Film Circuit’s distribution effort includes a focus on engaging national partners, including patients and healthcare providers who are affected by the issues addressed in the film.
“As critics and festival juries have noted throughout the year, Pete’s film is both a tremendous artistic accomplishment as well as an incredibly powerful, timely and relevant vérité film that brings audiences face-to-face with the current healthcare crisis facing the uninsured and under-insured,” said Wendy Lidell, president of International Film Circuit.
Filmmaker Peter Nicks added: “When we started this film project I never could have predicted the response we have received from audiences around the country.”
International Film Circuit’s other releases include Robin Hessman’s My Perestroika and Joseph Dorman’s Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness.