Hulu has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Emmy Award–winning director/cinematographer Peter Nicks’ 2021 Sundance Film Festival official selection HOMEROOM.
HOMEROOM is Peter Nicks’ final chapter in a trilogy of films examining the relationship between health care, criminal justice, and education in Oakland, CA over the past decade. Hulu is thrilled to also have the U.S. streaming rights to THE WAITING ROOM (2012) and THE FORCE (2017) so audiences can experience all three projects of this groundbreaking trilogy together.
Synopsis: Oakland High School’s class of 2020 confronts an unprecedented year. Anxiety over test scores and college applications gives way to uncertainty springing from a rapidly developing pandemic. Efforts to eliminate the school district’s police force unfold against the backdrop of growing nationwide demands for systemic change.
Directed by Peter Nicks, produced by Nicks and Sean Havey and executive produced by Ryan Coogler.
Additional EPs include Laurene Powell Jobs, Davis Guggenheim, Nicole Stott, Jonathan Silberberg, Jen Rainin, Tony Hsieh, Bryn Mooser, and Kathryn Everett.
Duration: 90 minutes
The film premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival where editors Kristina Motwani and Rebecca Adorno won the new Sundance Joshua Oppenheim Editing Award, U.S. Documentary.
Hulu Original Documentary HOMEROOM and the entirety of Nicks’ trilogy will launch later this year.
HOMEROOM is yet another example of Hulu’s continued commitment to elevating powerful and culturally relevant stories about the human experience and joins our growing slate of original documentaries including award-winning MINDING THE GAP, CRIME + PUNISHMENT, I AM GRETA, ASK DR. RUTH and Hillary.
“We are thrilled that Pete Nicks’ beautiful film has found a home at Hulu. We can’t wait for audiences to engage with the vision and passion of Oakland High’s Class of 2020, during a truly extraordinary year,” said Nicole Stott and Jonathan Silberberg of Concordia Studio
“HOMEROOM is a timely and empowering story that celebrates the courage and tenacity of young people today. Pete Nicks is a true visionary and vibrant storyteller, and we’re incredibly proud to champion his collective work,” said Belisa Balaban, VP Original Documentaries, Hulu.
“Pete Nicks is a master filmmaker with an uncanny ability to bring us closer to subjects that are important to our social fabric, but so often overlooked. HOMEROOM ushers us into the lives of Oakland high school students as they prepare for all of the ritual rites of passage into adulthood, who through the uprising of last summer, suddenly find their voices. The film speaks to the power of young people at a time when we still see them silenced, discounted, and their lives being snuffed out by state powers. HOMEROOM is essential filmmaking, and I couldn’t be prouder to be involved with bringing this film to the world,” said Ryan Coogler of Proximity Media.
A Concordia Studio, Open’hood production, in association with XTR and Proximity Media.
The film was brokered by Cinetic and CAA Media Finance.