We thought we’d start the week with the trailer for “Fruitvale Station,” a new film from first-time director Ryan Coogler that’s been cleaning up on the festival circuit, taking home the Grand Jury prize at Sundance and Best New Film at Cannes. “Fruitvale Station” is a dramatization of the story of Oscar Grant, a story many of you may remember. Oscar Grant was shot to death on Bay Area Rapid Transit by Officer Johannes Mehserle less than five years ago. The shooting, which occurred when Grant was unarmed, received enormous amounts of publicity, and sparked a wave of protests, many but not all of them peaceful, as did Mehserle’s acquittal on charges of murder.
According to the Weinstein Company, the film’s distributor:
This is the true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air… He crosses paths with friends, family, and strangers, each exchange showing us that there is much more to Oscar than meets the eye. But it would be his final encounter of the day, with police officers at the Fruitvale BART station that would shake the Bay Area to its very core, and cause the entire nation to be witnesses to the story of Oscar Grant.
It’s an important story, and as much coverage as it received when it was happening here at MMXLII we’re not sorry to see Oscar’s story being told again on the big screen. With “more African Americans on probation, parole, or in prison today than there were slaves in 1850” it’s as important now as it has ever been to question the way our law enforcement and criminal justice system deals with young men of color.
Tell us what you think of the trailer. What do you remember about the case? How would you like to see it treated on film? The movie will be released July 26, 2013. Will you be going to see it?
Photo from Indie Wire.