Talent Guide

Peter Nicks

  • Discipline:Director
  • Program Year:Grants and Awards 2013


Peter Nicks first feature documentary The Waiting Room, which chronicles a day-in-the-life of an Oakland, CA hospital waiting room, was released in 2012 to critical acclaim. San Francisco Film Critics Circle called the film the– best documentary of 2012 and The Washington Post noted it as one of the– ten best films of 2012. The film was shortlisted for an Academy Award, garnered numerous accolades including the Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award, Gotham IFP and Film Independent Spirit Award nominations and a Cinema Eye nomination for best debut feature. Prior to his recent work in film, Nicks worked in television for several years and earned an Emmy for Blame Somebody Else, which explored human trafficking during the Iraq War. Nicks is now developing the second of a trilogy of character-driven films exploring health care, crime and education in Oakland, CA. He received his B.A. in English from Howard University and his M.A. in journalism from UC Berkeley. He lives in Piedmont, CA with his wife and two children.