July 23, 2014

The Love Not Blood Campaign

Oscar Grant mother Wanda Johnson speaks


Wanda Johnson, Oscar Grant mother, speaks to Jodi Hernandez of NBC11 News and Sergio Quintana of ABC7 News about what she and family hope the movie will do. “Oscar was a human being and no matter how the media tries to, or the attorneys for Mehserle’s side tries to demoralize him and try to make him into a monster, he was not a monster,” said Grant’s mother, Wanda Johnson. Grant’s uncle, Cephus Johnson, says this film lays out the two days leading up to his nephew’s death. “I’m having high hopes for the movie,” he said. “I believe that this is an opportunity for the world to come to see Oscar 48 hours before he was murdered — a young black man, just living life.”

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2013, 90 minutes, color, U.S.A., U.S. Dramatic

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.

Director Ryan Coogler makes an extraordinary directorial debut with this soulful account of the real-life event that horrified the nation. Featuring radiant performances by Melonie Diaz and Michael B. Jordan as Grant, a young man whose eyes were an open window into his soul, Fruitvale offers a barometer reading on the state of humanity in American society today. – S. F.

About the Director

Ryan Coogler is a 26-year-old filmmaker from the Bay Area and a graduate of the MFA program at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. While at USC, Coogler made several short films, including Locks, Gap,… »

Cast and Credits

Director: Ryan Coogler

Screenwriter: Ryan Coogler

Executive Producers: Michael Y. Chow, Lisa Kleiner Chanoff, John Kwok, Octavia Spencer

Producers: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker

Coproducer: Sev Ohanian

Cinematographer: Rachel Morrison

Editors: Michael P. Shawver, Claudia S. Castello

Production Designer: Hannah Beachler

Principal Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, Ahna O’Reilly, Kevin Durand, Chad Michael Murray

Contact: Nina Yang Bongiovi / fruitvalemovie@gmail.com / (818) 207-7896

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