Fruitvale Station Featurette: Why This Story Is Important To The Filmmakers



Fruitvale Station is riding a powerful wave of positive reception, from critics and audience members.   Since its debut at Sundance (at which the film earned the Grand Jury Price in the Dramatic category), followed by its world premiere in Park City, this story of a life cut short has continued to garner huge amounts of praise.

Ryan Coogler makes his writing & directorial debut with Fruitvale Station, and in this featurette, describes why it was important for him to make this movie.  The film’s star, Michael B. Jordan (whose performance could very well earn him some nominations come award season) also explains what life lessons can be learned from the story’s events.

The film also stars Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, Ahna O’Reilly, Kevin Durand, and Chad Michael Murray. Fruitvale Station will received a limited release starting July 12th and will no doubt be pushed by the film’s distributor – The Weinstein Company – come award season.


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.

Source: Hey u Guys 


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