Hulu has acquired the U.S. rights to the documentary Homeroom from Peter Nicks and executive producer Ryan Coogler. They have also picked up the streaming rights to The Waiting Room and The Force to have the complete trilogy of documentary films on the service.
- Hulu has acquired the rights to the documentary Homeroom which premiered at 2021 Sundance Film Festival.
- The film follows Oakland High School’s class of 2020 as they deal with a pandemic, college applications, and trying to eliminate the district’s police force.
- The documentary is Peter Nicks’ final chapter in a trilogy of films examining the relationship between health care, criminal justice, and education in Oakland, California over the past decade.
- With the announcement of Homeroom, Hulu has also announced that they have acquired the rights to the other two documentaries in the trilogy — The Waiting Room (2012) and The Force (2017).
- Homeroom was an official selection at Sundance Film Festival this year, winning the new Sundance Joshua Oppenheim Editing Award, U.S. Documentary.
About the Film:
- “Oakland High School’s class of 2020 confronts an unprecedented year. Anxiety over test scores and college applications gives way to uncertainty springing from a rapidly developing pandemic. Efforts to eliminate the school district’s police force unfold against the backdrop of growing nationwide demands for systemic change.”
What They’re Saying:
- Belisa Balaban, VP Original Documentaries, Hulu: “Homeroom is a timely and empowering story that celebrates the courage and tenacity of young people today. Pete Nicks is a true visionary and vibrant storyteller, and we’re incredibly proud to champion his collective work.”
- Ryan Coogler, executive producer: “Pete Nicks is a master filmmaker with an uncanny ability to bring us closer to subjects that are important to our social fabric, but so often overlooked. Homeroom ushers us into the lives of Oakland high school students as they prepare for all of the ritual rites of passage into adulthood, who through the uprising of last summer, suddenly find their voices. The film speaks to the power of young people at a time when we still see them silenced, discounted, and their lives being snuffed out by state powers. Homeroom is essential filmmaking, and I couldn’t be prouder to be involved with bringing this film to the world.”
Homeroom will launch on Hulu later this year.