Fruitvale Station

Description

Fruitvale Station follows the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being better son to his mother, whose birthday falls on New Year's Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina, who he hasn't been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana, their beautiful four year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family and strangers, Oscar starts out well, as the day goes on, he realizes that changes are not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year's Day. Oscar's life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area–and the entire nation–to its very core.

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Ryan Coogler (writer/director) is a 26 year-old filmmaker from the East Bay Area, California, who has been making movies for five years. His feature-length screenplay Fruitvale Station, based on the 2009 BART police shooting of Oscar Grant, was selected for the 2012 Sundance January Screenwriter's Lab. In 2011 his student short film Fig, which followed a young street prostitute's fight to keep her daughter safe, won the Director's Guild of America Student Filmmaker Award, as well as the 2011 HBO Short Filmmaker Award. Fig was broadcast on HBO. Coogler still lives in the Bay Area where, in addition to making films, he works as a counselor at Juvenile Hall in San Francisco. He earned his MFA in Film and Television Production at the University of Southern California in May 2011.

Awards

Sundance Film Festival - Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival - Grand Jury Prize: U.S. Dramatic, Cannes Film Festival - Prix de l'Avenir d'Un Certain Regard, Carmel Art and Film Festival - Breakout Actress of 2013, Deauville American Film Festival - Prix du Jury Revelation Cartier, Deauville American Film Festival - Prix du Public, Hollywood Film Awards - Hollywood Spotlight Award, Humanitas Prize - Sundance Feature Film Category, Traverse City Film Festival - Audience Award - Best American Film, AFI Awards USA - Movie of the Year, Boston Society of Film Critics Awards - Best New Filmmaker, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards - Russell Smith Award

Film Details
  • Year: 2012
  • Director(s): Ryan Coogler
  • Producer(s): Forest Whitaker
  • Writer(s): Ryan Coogler
  • With: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer, Ariana Neal
  • Website: http://www.fruitvalefilm.com/

Spring 2012 & Fall 2012 SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grant Recipient

Off the Page program participant