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Bring this critically acclaimed festival darling to theaters nationwide at this watershed moment in American health care.

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...and help us release The Waiting Room widely to theatrical audiences! Let's spread the word and tell Highland Hospital's story - which is also the story of communities across America.

We are launching this campaign because we are releasing the film independently following the overwhelming response to the film, which recently picked up the Special Jury prize at Silverdocs, and is described by The Washington Post as a "Devastating verité portrait of the emergency room...a sad, funny, tense deeply affecting day-in-the-life of an under-resourced public hospital." 

HOW YOU CAN HELP 

Together, we will launch a grassroots promotional and community outreach initiative to support our release in the Fall. The more successful these initial openings are, the wider we can expand across the country, working with partners to engage communities in unique ways that can only be done in a theatrical setting.

Your help will allow us to:

  • Promote our theatrical release in NY, LA, and Oakland by working with local and national stakeholder organizations to raise visibility of the film and the issue of access to care. 
  • Provide free tickets to communities that typically do not go to the theaters to watch an indie documentary. Since this film is about their community, we will partner with local and national organizations to hold sponsored screenings.
  • Cover the logistical costs incurred by our non-profit Open'hood in pulling this whole thing off.

BACKSTORY

I am...lucky my wife's job provides health insurance for my family. I am... grateful to have the freedom to tell stories that mean something to me. I am... inspired by the thousands of people I have met in Highland Hospital's waiting room since I began working on this project in 2007.

From the very beginning, this project has been about giving a voice to the millions of people that lack health care insurance. But it is also very personal for me. The Waiting Room developed from stories my wife, a speech pathologist at Highland Hospital, told me about the struggles and resilience of her patient population. And a few years ago, as the contentious vote for health care reform got louder, it occurred to me that the people who were not participating in the debate were the very people we were fighting over: those stuck in waiting rooms at underfunded public hospitals all over the country.

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"An astounding and moving look at a typical shift at Oakland's Highland Hospital." - San Francisco Chronicle

A "rock-solid verité docu that provides ample evidence why our national health care system needs fixing.”- Variety

Pete Nicks on PBS News Hour talking about THE WAITING ROOM

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DIGITAL STORYTELLING PROJECT 

Our theatrical release and outreach efforts will run concurrent with a digital storytelling project  now underway in the waiting room itself. That project is now collecting stories, photographs, songs and other moments that unfold every day at Highland Hospital. With your help we can reveal hundreds of tiny moments of people that are too often boiled down to a statistic or a headline. 

Your help, whether large or small, will allow these important stories to reach a wider, more influential audience. And at this moment as our nation considers changes to the health care system these stories are more important than ever. Because whether it’s a housekeeper or a surgeon, an unemployed plumber or an entrepreneur...in the waiting room every voice matters.

- Peter Nicks

Hear Wanda sing Watch Over Me from our online digital storytelling project.

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KICKSTARTER EXTRA'S 

The Waiting Room on Capitol Hill
Update #6 · Jul. 20, 2012 

As we prepare to head into the final stretch we wanted to share a video (link below) about our recent visit to Washington, DC featuring comments from Congresswoman Barbara Lee and director Pete Nicks. We screened the film in the Cannon Caucus Room to a packed house that included health care stakeholders, congressional aides, health policy experts and the general public. It was quite an experience and remarkable exposure for both the film and the issue of access to care.

CLICK HERE TO SEE ORIGINAL BLOG POST

With your support we will continue to make an impact by getting The Waiting Room out to theaters nationwide in preparation for our national broadcast premiere next year on PBS. The film, a co-production of Open'hood and ITVS in association with Peer Review Films, will air nationally on Independent Lens in 2013.

So let's gear up for the final week! It's going to feature some terrific events and a few surprises.

Stay tuned...and stay engaged!! Share with a friend or colleague today. With your help spreading the word we will prevail!

- Team Waiting Room

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    RAISE YOUR VOICE: For the last 48 hours of our campaign, we're asking as many people as possible to raise their voice in solidarity with The Waiting Room by donating just $1. You won't change the world with this pledge, but you will show your support. And we will show our gratitude by THANKING YOU PERSONALLY on our official website. A pledge of $1 carries as much weight as a pledge of $1,000 because every voice matters and together we can create real impact! So please RAISE YOUR VOICE and help these stories be seen and told across the country.

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    THE BANDAID: Wanda will sing you a song! That's her at the bottom of the page there. She's one of the housekeepers at Highland and she really shines on Sunday mornings in her church choir. She'll record a special song for the entire group at this level and we'll send you the video link. + plus our newsletter with project updates.

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    THE SUTURE: Be an active partner in our outreach and Kickstarter campaign. Receive a high resolution image from our waiting room photography project that you can share through your social media networks to help us spread the word. + the newsletter.

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    THE SCALPEL: Signed DVD of the film. + all of the above.

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    THE CENTRAL LINE: Custom screen printed Waiting Room scrubs. + everything above!

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    THE ULTRASOUND: Soundtrack by the amazing William Ryan Fritch. Includes bonus tracks! He will be famous one day and you'll be one of the few with this limited edition disc. + all of the above!

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    THE FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE: Get a limited edition medical clipboard with The Waiting Room logo and campaign info. With this gift, you can help us spread the word and be a part of our ongoing campaign while you're at work. + all of the above!

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    THE MRI: Bring The Waiting Room to your city for a group of 150 or less. You will provide the venue and the equipment - we will provide the DVD. You may not charge admission. (**NOTE: THE MRI is a stand-alone pledge. None of the other pledges include this reward.)

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    THE PACEMAKER: A star is born. You'll get a film credit in the theatrical version of the film. You can point to the screen and brag to your friends while William Ryan Fritch's end credit music overwhelms your senses. + all of the above!!

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    SPONSOR: Bring The Waiting Room to your city. We will arrange a screening of the film in your city or town of choice. This award includes all of the above schwag except the dinner & a movie.

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    VISIT THE WAITING ROOM: You and a guest will visit *THE* Waiting Room: Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA - with the ultimate tour guide: filmmaker Pete Nicks. You will get to spend several hours "on set," meeting the doctors, nurses, caregivers and residents that make Highland Hospital work, day in and day out. Through this experience, you will get the true "insider" perspective and see THE WAITING ROOM through your own eyes. This reward includes all of the above except THE DEFIBRILLATOR, THE FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE and THE SPONSOR. (Airfare included, room & board not included.)

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    CO-PRESENTER: Trip for 2 to our NYC premiere. Includes airfare, tickets to screening and hotel for two nights. + all of the above except THE DEFIBRILLATOR. THE FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE and THE SPONSOR.

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