HumanDocs Film Series: The Waiting Room
Lipscomb University’s fall 2012 HumanDocs Film Series presents “The Waiting Room,” a film that goes behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. “The Waiting Room,” directed by Emmy Award-winning Peter Nicks, will be shown at Lipscomb on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 8:30 p.m. in Shamblin Theatre. This event is free and open to the public.
“The Waiting Room” explores the nation’s health care system by weaving together the stories of patients and caregivers in the Highland Heights Hospital in Oakland, Calif. The filmmaker describes the film as “centering on one hospital, its multifaceted community, and how our common vulnerability to illness binds us together.”
Shot in 2010 over five months, the documentary has no narrator, titles or statistics. Instead it simply observes the stories of the 241 patients the Highland Heights Hospital sees on that day and closely follows 10 patients as they try to navigate the health care system.
“The Waiting Room” has been nominated for Outstanding Debut by the Cinema Eye Honors and won the Harrel Award for Best Film at the Camden International Film Festival as well as both the Audience Award and Golden Gate Award for Bay Area Documentary Feature at the San Francisco International Film Festival. “The Waiting Room” has also been featured on the New York Times Lens Blog in “Videos Worth Watching.”
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- Gordon Bonnyman, executive director, Tennessee Justice Center
- Meggie Bumpus, pediatric emergency roiom nurse, Vanderbilt Medical Center
- Italo Brown, student, Meharry Medical College
- Harold Smith, M.D., veteran emergency room physician