Fruitvale: Oakland Film About Oscar Grant Wins Sundance Top Prize

Oscar Grant’s spirit lives on in the movie Fruitvale.

Fruitvale won top prize at The Sundance Film Festival and for the depiction of Oscar Grant’s last days of his life before he died at the gun of Johannes Mesherle in 2009 at the Fruitvale BART Station in Oakland.

Grant’s murder sparked riots and protest in Oakland:

Fruitvale became the first film Sundance film to win both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic film since Precious in 2009.

Here’s FOX Searchlight CEO Tom Rothman presents Fruitvale’s director and writer Ryan Coogler with the award, saying that the film proves that movies can make a difference.

Here’s Amy Goodman talking about Fruitvale and with Ryan Coogler:

Congratulations to Ryan and to producers Forest Witaker and Nina Yang. Here’s the full list of people involved with Fruitvale:


DIR Ryan Coogler
EXEC Michael Y. Chow
PROD Forest Whitaker, Nina Yang
SCR Ryan Coogler
DP Rachel Morrison
CAST Chad Michael Murray, Kevin Durand, Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Ahna O’Reilly, Melonie Diaz, AJ Anable, Joey Oglesby, Thomas Dalby, Dominic Zhai, Liisa Cohen, Caroline Lesley, Ariana Neal, Laurel Moglen, Mahal Montoya, Richie Stephens, Arlene Barshinger, Darren Bridgett, Thomas Wright, Alex Alessandro Garcia, Jonez Cain, Nicole R. Hughes, West Ramsey, Jasmin James, Christina Elmore, Geary Campbell, Jesse Muick, Alejandra Nolasco, Ken Venzke, Destiny Ekwueme, Gabriel Koura, Montgomery Paulsen, Thomas Cokenias, Noah Staggs, Mikkel Simons, Melinda Torgersen, Aldrin Enriquez, Razon Alicia Tramble, Bianca Rodriguez III, Tatiana Maricely
ED Claudia Castello, Michael P. Shawver
PROD DES Hannah Beachler
MUSIC Ludwig Goransson

And here’s Oscar winner Octavia Spencer and Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle) who plays Oscar Grant talking about Fruitvale:

Stay tuned.

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