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Hulu has acquired the U.S. rights to Peter Nicks’ 2021 Sundance documentary Homeroom, which captures a year of institutional struggle in Oakland’s public school system.
Executive produced by Ryan Coogler, Homeroom and two other documentaries by Nicks about Oakland — The Waiting Room, about local health care, and the criminal justice-focused The Force — will launch as a film trilogy on the streaming platform later this year.
“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,” Belisa Balaban, vp original documentaries at Hulu, said in a statement.
Homeroom, produced by Nicks and Sean Havey, follows Oakland High School’s class of 2020 as it faces anxiety over college application test scores and fear around a rapidly developing pandemic. The documentary is also executive produced by Laurene Powell Jobs, Davis Guggenheim, Nicole Stott, Jonathan Silberberg, Jen Rainin, Tony Hsieh, Bryn Mooser and Kathryn Everett.
The Concordia Studio and Open’hood production is produced in association with XTR and Proximity Media. The film distribution deal was brokered by Cinetic and CAA Media Finance.
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