Undergraduate Alum Sevak Ohanian's film co-production

Fruitvale Station


wins the "Best First Film" award in

2013 Cannes Film Festival

Ever since its creation, the Festival de Cannes has remained faithful to its founding purpose: to draw attention to and raise the profile of films with the aim of contributing towards the development of cinema, boosting the film industry worldwide and celebrating cinema at an international level.

Avenir Prize

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2013, Ryan Coogler, 85 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.

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 / nina@significantproductions.com / (323) 512-7988

Still image courtesy of the Cannes Festival

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