Oscar Grant was a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who loved his friends, was generous to strangers, and had a hard time telling the truth to the mother of his beautiful daughter. He was scared and courageous and charming and raw, and as human as the community he was part of. That community paid attention to him, shouted on his behalf, and filmed him with their cell phones when BART officers, who were strong, intimidated, and acting in the way they thought they were supposed to behave around people like Oscar, shot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day in 2009.
Director Ryan Coogler makes an extraordinary directorial debut with this soulful account of the real-life event that horrified the nation. Featuring radiant performances by Melonie Diaz and Michael B. Jordan as Grant, a young man whose eyes were an open window into his soul, Fruitvale offers a barometer reading on the state of humanity in American society today. - S. F.
About the Director
Ryan Coogler is a 26-year-old filmmaker from the Bay Area and a graduate of the MFA program at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. While at USC, Coogler made several short films, including Locks, Gap, and Fig, which won the 2011 HBO Short Film Award at the American Black Film Festival. His feature script for Fruitvale was selected for the 2012 Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Coogler also works as a counselor at the juvenile hall in San Francisco.
Cast and Credits
Director: Ryan Coogler
Screenwriter: Ryan Coogler
Executive Producers: Michael Y. Chow, Lisa Kleiner Chanoff, John Kwok, Octavia Spencer
Producers: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker
Coproducer: Sev Ohanian
Cinematographer: Rachel Morrison
Editors: Michael P. Shawver, Claudia S. Castello
Production Designer: Hannah Beachler
Principal Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, Ahna O'Reilly, Kevin Durand, Chad Michael Murray
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