Peter Nicks

Director, Producer and Cinematographer

Watch Peter Nicks' Transform 2013 talk.

Peter Nicks' first feature documentary, "The Waiting Room," which chronicles a day in the life of an Oakland, Calif., hospital waiting room, was released in 2012 to critical acclaim. It was named by the San Francisco Film Critics Circle as the best documentary of 2012 and shortlisted for an Academy Award.

The Washington Post named "The Waiting Room" one of the "10 best films of 2012," and the film garnered numerous accolades, including the Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction filmmaking grant, Gotham IFP and Independent Spirit Award nominations for best documentary, 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.

Nicks received his B.A. in English from Howard University and his M.A. in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Piedmont, Calif., with his wife and two children.