Oakland High School’s 2020 senior class faces extraordinary challenges beyond graduation and college applications even before COVID-19 disrupts the school year. Led by an activist student council, the largely African American and Latinx student body demands the school board remove police from campus, a defiant act that eerily foreshadows the protests sparked by George Floyd’s death. In shining a light on these courageous youths, The Waiting Room and The Force director Peter Nicks brings his Oakland trilogy to a riveting close. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
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Peter Nicks is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and the Executive Director of Open’hood, a nonprofit dedicated to exploring complex social issues through nonfiction storytelling. Homeroom is the third film in a trilogy investigating Oakland, CA, institutions. He is a two-time SFFILM Golden Gate Best Bay Area Feature Documentary award winner for the first two films in the series, The Waiting Room (2012) and The Force (2017). Among his other honors, Nicks received a Film Independent Spirit Truer Than Fiction Award for The Waiting Room.
Director Peter Nicks
Producer Sean Havey, Peter Nicks
Jen Rainin, Laurene Powell Jobs, Davis Guggenheim, Nicole Stott, Jonathan Silberberg, Tony Hsieh, Mimi Pham, Roberto Grande
Editor Kristina Motwani, Rebecca Adorno
Cinematographer Sean Havey
Music Mike Truccillo