Life Lessons in The Waiting Room

Nicks, whose wife works at the hospital where the documentary was filmed, says the idea was to simply ask people, “What are you waiting for?” and gather their stories. They soon found that the drama and decisions made there mirror what’s going on in America.

“We’re grappling with major policy challenges, from health care to the economy, to immigration, to violence. These stories that gathered and passed through the waiting room really touched on a lot of those significant issues.”

Nicks says he wasn’t interested in pointing fingers at the health-care system, and chose instead to allow the audience simply to overhear the stories that played out in the hospital.

“The Waiting Room” will be part of the ninth annual Documentary Film Festival this weekend at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia. It opens nationally in mid-March.

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