Independent Spirit Awards - Truer Than Fiction Award
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival - Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award
San Francisco International Film Festival - Golden Gate Award
About the Film
The Waiting Room intimately follows several people who pass through the emergency room of Highland Hospital in East Oakland, CA. Shot over several months and with a poignant mix of humor and drama, the film presents a composite portrait of a public institution struggling to care for a persistent and growing stream of patients living on the fringes of America's health care system.
In an exclusive interview for Independent Lens, The Waiting Room director Peter Nicks took the time out from his busy schedule to chat with us about the logistical challenges of shooting a film in a busy hospital, the real-life human dramas that unfolded, and his own experiences with health care.
Also airing with The Waiting Room is an excerpt from Let Me Down Easy. Noted playwright and performer Anna Deavere Smith reenacts stories told to her by an eclectic group of people about the frailty of the human body, ranging from coping with an uncertain future in today’s medical establishment to confronting end of life transition.
What are your own waiting room experiences? How do you relate to the patients portrayed in the film?