Fruitvale Station

(2013)

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. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother, whose birthday falls on New Year's Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend, who he hasn't been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to T, their beautiful 4 year old daughter. He starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easy. 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.

EXCLUSIVE: Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer Talk ‘Fruitvale Station’

EXCLUSIVE: Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer Talk ‘Fruitvale Station’

Fruitvale Station was easily one of the most talked-about films at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, landing distribution from The Weinstein Company in a heated bidding war between multiple studios, and taking home the Audience Award. Written and directed by 27-year-old filmmaker and Oakland native Ryan Coogler, this powerful drama is based on the true story of 22-year-old Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), who was tragically killed by a Bay Area transit cop on New Year's Eve 2008, which made headlines across the country. Fruitvale Station, which is currently playing in limited release and expands nationwide on July 26, tells the story of Oscar Grant's day before getting pulled off that train at Fruitvale Station. Todd Gilchrist recently sat down with Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, who plays Oscar's girlfriend Sophina, Octavia Spencer, who portrays Oscar's mother Wanda, and writer-director Ryan Coogler to discuss this remarkable story that may ride a wave of critical acclaim all the way to Oscar season next year. Take a look at our exclusive interviews with the cast and filmmaker behind Fruitvale Station. You can also CLICK HERE to see if the film is playing in your area right now, and check your local listings this weekend, when it expands nationwide.

Fruitvale Station was released July 26th, 2013.

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Second ‘Fruitvale Station’ Trailer

Second ‘Fruitvale Station’ Trailer

Fruitvale Station follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother, whose birthday falls on New Year's Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina, who he hasn't been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana, their beautiful four year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family, and strangers, Oscar starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year's Day. Oscar's life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area - and the entire nation - to its very core. Check out the second trailer, in theaters now.

Fruitvale Station was released July 26th, 2013.

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‘Fruitvale Station’ Story of Oscar Grant Featurette

‘Fruitvale Station’ Story of Oscar Grant Featurette

Director Ryan Coogler's debut film Fruitvale Station opened in limited release last weekend, earning an impressive $386,000 from just 7 theaters. As this powerful film gets ready to expand nationwide on July 26, stars Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, producer Forest Whitaker, and Ryan Coogler discuss this powerful story in a featurette. Other celebrities such as Common, Russell Simmons, and Edward James Olmos reveal the impact this film has had on them. Take a look.

Fruitvale Station was released July 26th, 2013.

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‘Fruitvale Station’ Featurette

‘Fruitvale Station’ Featurette

Stars Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer talk about working with first-time director Ryan Coogler in a featurette for Fruitvale Station. At just 27 years of age, Ryan Coogler will surely be a young filmmaker to keep an eye out for after this critically-acclaimed debut about Oscar Grant, whose death by a Bay Area transit cop made national headlines back in 2008. Take a look at behind-the-scenes footage from the set that offers more insight into this drama. Fruitvale Station opens in limited release July 12 before expanding on July 26.

Fruitvale Station was released July 26th, 2013.

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Three ‘Fruitvale Station’ Clips

Three ‘Fruitvale Station’ Clips

When 22-year-old Oscar Grant was brutally murdered in 2008 by a Bay Area transit cop, it made national headlines. What wasn't in the news was this young man's path to redemption, which is put on display in director Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale Station. We have three new clips which offer glimpses into this young man's troubled life that ended too soon. The first scene shows Oscar (Michael B. Jordan) behind bars, with his mother Wanda (Octavia Spencer) expressing how disappointed she is in her son. The second scene shows Oscar trying to comfort his daughter Tatiana (Ariana Neal), and the third clip shows Oscar's girlfriend Sophina chastising him for his choices. After it's critically-acclaimed debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January, Fruitvale Station hits theaters on July 26.

Fruitvale Station was released July 26th, 2013.

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‘Fruitvale Station’ Poster with Michael B. Jordan

‘Fruitvale Station’ Poster with Michael B. Jordan

The ‘Chronicle’ star plays a young Bay Area man named Oscar, whose true story captivates the nation in director Ryan Coogler's drama.
‘Fruitvale Station’ Trailer

‘Fruitvale Station’ Trailer

This true-story follows a man on his way to redemption who is shot down in cold blood by an officer, in select theaters July 12th.
‘Fruitvale’ Gets Picked Up by the Weinstein Company

‘Fruitvale’ Gets Picked Up by the Weinstein Company

The studio prevailed in a heated bidding war for director Ryan Coogler's drama, based on the true story of an Oakland murder in 2008.