Twenty-six-year-old California director Ryan Coogler was the breakout success story at Sundance and Cannes this year with his feature film debut "Fruitvale Station," slated for release next month after being picked up by The Weinstein Co. for $2 million.
The movie is based on the true story of the shooting of Oscar Grant at a San Francisco transit station in 2009, and stars Michael B. Jordan playing the character in the hours leading up to his death on New Year's Eve.It won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at Sundance, and was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes, winning Best First Film.
A USC Cinematic Arts graduate who also works with incarcerated youth in the Bay Area, Mr. Coogler made "Fruitvale Station" after his short film "Fig" won both the DGA and HBO's Student Filmmaker Awards.
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