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.”
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
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org / (818) 207-7896