Whenever healthcare reform is discussed in the media, often the voices left out are the people actually affected by our broken system. The Waiting Room, an award-winning documentary by filmmaker Pete Nicks, aims to change that.  The film focuses on the stories of the staff and patients at a public hospital in Oakland, and also highlights the plight of the poor and uninsured.

The trailer for The Waiting Room is below. It recently screened at and won the Special Jury prize at the Silverdocs film festival in Silver Spring, Maryland. Nicks is currently raising money through the crowdfunding site Kickstarter to support a national theatrical release of the film. His goal is $75,000, and so far, he has raised just over half that with 10 days to go until a deadline of July 29.

I am very much looking forward to seeing this film, and I hope millions of Californians and Americans can see it too.