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"The Waiting Room" is now on the Academy's shortlist of fifteen titles that are in the running to compete for the Best Documentary Oscar. Five films will be nominated. "The Waiting Room" is also nominated for the Indie Spirits' Best Documentary and Truer Than Fiction awards, and was nominated for a Gotham award. Check out our interview with the film's director, Peter Nicks, below. It was first published September 25, 2012. Most documentaries emerge through various known gatekeepers at major festivals. More and more these days, such a plethora of strong docs are being made by talent able to deploy inexpensive digital cameras that it's easy for new faces to get lost. "The Waiting Room" is a brilliant first feature from veteran television journalist Peter Nicks, who was unknown by many fest programmers. Hence it didn't turn up at Sundance (which favored "Escape Fire," the health-care "Waiting for Superman"), SXSW »

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