Sundance Film Festival - Future-Minded: In Conversation w/ Peter Nicks (Homeroom) & Student Activist Cece Chan

Available online on demand
during Sundance Film Festival
Feb 1-Feb 3

Sliding scale, pay-what-you-can rate of $0-$25 per workshop


* Co-presented with TeenTix! *

The third film in his trilogy, Peter Nicks’ Homeroom is a tantalizing case study around public school systems that are not equipped to prepare youth for young adulthood. Centered in Oakland but relevant to any major city, this intimate conversation takes place between Nicks and student activists Cece Chan and Beba Heron, who have experienced such challenges within their own community, and ties the film topics in with local youth-led movements and the larger fight for equity.

RSVP and optional sliding-scale ticket appreciated. To view the panel discussion, please click play on the video box below. It will automatically begin after the festival pre-roll trailers.


Featured Panelists

Peter Nicks

Peter Nicks

Director of Homeroom

Peter Nicks is an Emmy Award winning cinematographer/director known for his immersive camera work and cinema vérité style. He helmed the critically acclaimed feature documentary THE WAITING ROOM which won an Independent Spirit Award and was shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2012. THE FORCE – the second in a trilogy of timely, immersive docus exploring the interconnected narratives of health care, criminal justice and education in Oakland, CA – won the 2017 Sundance Director’s Prize. HOMEROOM, the final film in the trilogy, will premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Nicks is now in development on ANTHEM, a feature-length documentary exploring both the history and current life of The Star Spangled Banner. Nicks, a 2015 United States Artist Fellow, received his B.A. in English from Howard University and his masters in journalism from UC Berkeley.

In Conversation with... Cece Chan

In Conversation with... Cece Chan

College Student

Cece Chan is a student activist currently attending Pacific Lutheran University as a second year. She plans to major in Gender, Sexuality, and Race Studies and minor in Communications with hopes in pursuing a future in education and media studies. She was born and raised in Seattle, WA, where she started her activist journey as a member of the Washington State National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Youth Council. She is recognized for her film For the Culture: An Ethnic Studies Documentary, curriculum writing with South End Stories, and her Black Education Matters Student Activist Award of 2019. Her passions derive from her faith in God and story as a strong Asian woman.

& Beba Heron

& Beba Heron

High School Student

Beba Heron (she/they/he) is a sixteen year old non-binary Latine student at South Seattle College. Previously, they attended the Grover Cleveland STEM high school in Beacon Hill, where they were a part of the Youth Race and Equity Team. Currently, they serve as an editor for the youth-run blog by South End Stories. Originally from Oakland, they moved to Seattle in 2012.

Sundance Film Festival 2021

Northwest Film Forum is proud to be a Sundance Film Festival Satellite Venue this year! We will be hosting four virtual conversations and panels covering a diversity of topics, and all will be sliding-scale, pay-what-you-can, $0-$25. View all of our programs HERE.

All Sundance Film Festival events hosted by NWFF will take place via Zoom and be subtitled.

Film screenings will be hosted via Sundance, with a discount code for Northwest Film Forum members. Please e-mail to receive your Sundance discount code as a member.

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