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Update #15

New openings and award news!

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Dear TWR heroes!

The irony that you've all been waiting patiently for the remaining rewards has not escaped us.

Our only excuse is that you've created what can only be described as a remarkable little juggernaut! The film is going from city to city, inspiring countless numbers of people and keeping us VERY BUSY...so busy that we're behind in fulfilling the rewards. Rest assured the rewards will all be forthcoming as soon as the dust settles. For now, an update.

The film has been gathering much love as the awards season is now officially underway. Below is the current state of things.

  • 2012 Gotham IFP nominee: Best Documentary
  • 2013 Independent Spirit Awards double nominee: Best Documentary & Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award
  • 2013 Cinema Eye nominee: Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film

The film is also now in theaters in Washington, DC and Boston, MA where it has been held over for a second week. And for those of you in the Bay Area it will re-open on Friday for a limited run at the fabulous Grand Lake Theater!

For those of you in other cities wondering if the film is playing near you, you can check our current schedule: http://www.internationalfilmcircuit.com/twr/playdates.html

We have one more piece of news that is too special to be left dangling at the end of this email. Look for another update very soon....

until then,

Team TWR


Update #14

NY/LA Premieres + how you can help

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Wow. It's been a busy couple of months as we approach our theatrical premieres in New York and LA. So many people have come together to make this happen, but we wouldn't be here without YOU. 

You are part of an amazing group that lifted this film up when it needed a boost. And we hope you'll stay engaged through our initial theatrical run. There is growing evidence that we could have a real impact with this film as it begins to hit theaters all over the country in a few weeks.

So let's keep the momentum going! Here are a few ways you can get involved right now:

  • Visit our GET INVOLVED page where you'll find different ways to plug in like requesting the film for your city, organizing group trips to theaters, arranging for advanced group sales for your organization...and more!
  • Head over to our FLIXSTER PAGE and say "I want to see this!"
  • Check out and share our TRAILER ON iTUNES!

Your Pledge at WORK!

Because of your support we've been able to retain Film Presence, a fearless and committed little company in New York led by Sara Kiener and Merrill Sterritt that specialize in the marketing and outreach of independent films. They've worked on amazing films including 5 Broken Cameras, Being Elmo, Hell and Back Again...and now The Waiting Room! They're doing an incredible job, so how about three cheers for the gang at Film Presence!

And across town our booking agent Wendy Lidell at International Film Circuit is working the phones getting us booked in some of the best indie theaters in the country. Go Wendy!

And let's not forget our publicists: Adam Segal at the 2050 Group running national and New York, and Amy Grey at Dish Communications working the LA and Academy scene. They're doing a great job telling our underdog story and getting us coverage. If you have any press contacts or people you think should know about the film please let us know. Chances are they've got it covered...but you never know!

Between this group of talented folks and your passion we are optimistic about the potential of our film. This Kickstarter group is made up of a connected and very talented group of people...and that includes YOU. So if you have an idea of how you might be able to help get audiences engaged with our film please let us know.

We are also interested in VOLUNTEERS to help get the word out about our New York, LA and Bay Area premieres. Become a member of one of our "street teams" handing out flyers and helping us brainstorm organizations to contact. If you're interested in helping out let us know and we'll put you to work for one hour, one day or one week...whatever works for you.

I have lots more to report, and you'll being hearing more from me in the coming weeks. But right now I've got to get my kids up and off to school. 

- Pete Nicks


Update #13

New "key art" + release news!

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Dear Team Waiting Room,

I'm now just coming up for air after the amazing experience of watching you all rally around this film and lift it up when it needed a hand. Your belief in the film has inspired others and I'm happy to announce that design firm Dowling|Duncan has come on board to create "key art" branding for the project that will allow us to begin promoting and spreading the word as we prepare for our theatrical release.

The campaign features the handwriting of noted UK illustrator Marion Deuchars and the terrific work of creative director Rob Duncan who, after watching the film, agreed to do our campaign pro bono! And of course this would all not have happened were it not for your fellow TWR backer Jon Schleuning who made the introductions. So three cheers to Jon, Rob, Marion, and the whole team at Dowling|Duncan for coming together to support our film. Below is a little sample of the imagery which was inspired by the clock in the opening sequence of the film. The time motif will be used in a variety of ways, like in the post cards below, in which the idea of the clock - combined with text - can be played with in almost infinite ways. For those of you who ordered the scrubs they will now feature the new clock along with Marion Deuchars' work, rendering them instant collectors items. For those of you who did not order the scrubs, we'll make those available soon on our website. Most of you either will get the scrubs or the poster so I'll also send along a sneak peek of the poster in the next update.

I'm also very happy to announce that we officially premiere in the Bay Area on October 17th at the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland...right down the street from Highland Hospital! So start thinking now how you can help spread the word so that we can have a blowout premiere the way only Oakland knows how to do! For those across the Bay, don't worry. We will be screening either at the Landmark Opera Plaza or the Lumiere and possibly the Sundance Kabuki. So stay tuned for those dates. Our NYC premiere will be September 26th at the IFC Center and our LA premiere will be October 5th at the Laemmle Music Hall. And of course more dates and venues to come in Seattle, Boston, Minneapolis, DC and beyond.

I've also included a sample (right there below the post cards) from William Ryan Fritch's soundtrack. He's just finished the composing program at Mills College and is quite a talent, so for those that ordered it I'm sure you'll enjoy the disc. It will also be available on the website soon.

OK, I'm headed off for a much needed vacation, but when I return you'll be hearing from me and the team with more exciting news. I know you'll be waiting...

Until then,

Pete Nicks

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Update #12

The Beautiful People Are Smiling!

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WE DID IT Y'ALL!!

Together we have achieved our goal, and together we will make a difference with this film.

We are grateful for your patience, support and belief in our film. And we will make sure that everyone in the waiting room is aware of your belief in them.

Just two days ago Chris, a patient we met at Highland a couple years ago, became our 500th backer with a $1 pledge. We thanked him and he said, "I wished I could do more." Well, Chris...your pledge is a symbol of the type of spirit we hope this film will bring to the conversation around health care reform as we take it to towns and cities across America.

Here is Chris in one of our first web videos. Do yourself a favor...watch it all the way to the end and you'll understand why we became so enchanted with the idea of capturing the kaleidoscope of humanity in the waiting room.

You all have made this possible! So, on we go...

❤ Pete Nicks and the entire Waiting Room Team

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Update #11

We are "Project of the Day" on Kickstarter!!

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Congrats to YOU!!

Today Kickstarter, the world's leading crowd-funding platform, made us "Project of the Day" which gives us incredible visibility during the remaining hours of our campaign to raise the voices of the beautiful people in the waiting room.

This is a testament to the urgency of the issue and also a reflection of the commitment you all have made to get us to this point. So, THANK YOU.

But we're not done yet. We are not just gunning to meet our $75,000 goal. We also set a lofty goal to reach 1,000 backers to show solidarity and the strength of our collective voice. If each of you can convince ONE NEW PERSON today to pledge $1, we will meet and exceed our goal.

So, please take the time today to CALL ONE PERSON and tell them why you have decided to back the project. 

Together we will achieve our goal!

❤ Pete Nicks and 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 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 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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    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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