‘Fruitvale’ Takes Sundance Grand Jury Prize
Fruitvale, a drama based on a 2009 shooting in Oakland, California, took home the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival last night.
Produced by Forest Whitaker, Fruitvale is written and directed by newcomer Ryan Coogler and follows 22-year-old Oscar Grant’s last day alive before he is shot and kileld by BART transit police, becoming a poster child for racial tensions in Oakland. The film, which was developed in the Sundance Institute’s Filmmakers Labs program, stars Michael B. Jordan from Friday Night Lights, Chad Michael Murray from One Tree Hill, and Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer.
Entertainment Weekly reports it’s the first flick to win both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic Film since Precious in 2009. Harvey Weinstein had picked up the film for distribution earlier in the week.
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