‘Fruitvale’ Wins Top Prize At Sundance; Definitely A Must-See

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I wanted to give “Fruitvale” a shout-out b/c it really looks like it’s gonna be special. The film, which is named after the Fruitvale BART Station where the incident took place, tells the story of 22-year-old S.F. Bay Area resident Oscar Grant & his various experiences on his last day day of life before he was fatally shot by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle. The film isn’t a documentary, but rather a drama written & directed by Richmond, CA-based Ryan Coogler. Even though this is his debut project, the guy scored big dogs like Forest Whitaker to help produce & Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer to star in the film. She plays the role of Oscar Grant’s mother, Wanda Grant.

Here’s a recent interview w/ Ryan Coogler done last week at Sundance by “Democracy Now” host Amy Goodman:

And for those of you who haven’t seen the shooting video, check here:

Ryan Coogler had a wildly successful film festival since his film was reportedly purchased by Harvey Weinstein’s distribution company for a cool $2 million, following a bidding war among other distribution houses. Many congrats to him for entering the Up & Coming Sugar Daddy Community.

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You've got tags for 2012 on this one, but the true winner I think (any others on this board will probably enjoy) will be the next Jo Go Levitt movie. Get this dilemma. He has to choose between internet porn or his girlfriend Scarlet Jo. And he chooses the porn because it's nicer and neater. And somewhere in there, he gets it on with Julianne Moore.