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

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

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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 a young activist who has 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.

Apologies; we are unable to provide captions for this discussion due to technical difficulties but can provide a transcription upon request.



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
College Activist

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
High School Activist

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.