Last month I was at the Sundance Film Festival where I found an overwhelming amount of talent. Everyone you meet or talk with has a story worth listening to. A story that is unique yet similar to all the other stories of talent rising to the top. For example, consider the cast of Fruitvale. Most of them are first time actors with the exception of the main characters. They were drawn to this film because of it's message and the films ability to humanize a person whom some people considered completely lost. Yet with the directing talent of Ryan Coogler not only does the film bring out the amazing talent of each individual involved in the project; more importantly it presents a troubled youth as a fellow human and challenges your sense of right and wrong.
Sundanace Winner of the U. S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic:
Fruitvale, directed by Ryan Coogler
Coogler upon acceptance... "David Lowery, stand up for me man. We formed crazy relationships with people in the labs, and at this festival. At the end of the day, when I first made this project, it was about humanity, and how we treat the people we love most and the people we don’t know. To get this means that this film made a powerful impact. This goes back to my home, the Bay area, where Oscar Grant lived for 22 years. I can’t wait to see you all when this is said and done and I’m more articulate and not so emotional.”