‘Fruitvale’ Wins Big, ‘American Promise,’ Bradford Young, ‘Gideon’s Army’ Collect Sundance 2013 Awards

By Tambay A. Obenson, Shadow and Act

Congratulations to director Ryan Coogler, his cast and crew, for picking up, not one, but TWO major awards –

A scene from "Fruitvale," a new independent film about the real-life murder of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, who in the early hours of New Year’s Day 2009 was fatally shot in the back by an officer after being detained in the wake of an altercation that he was not involved with. The incident, captured by the camera phones of numerous onlookers at the Fruitvale train station in Oakland, CA, prompted national outrage for the senseless murder of a young black man at the hands of law enforcement.

A scene from “Fruitvale,” a new independent film about the real-life murder of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, who in the early hours of New Year’s Day 2009 was fatally shot in the back by an officer after being detained in the wake of an altercation that he was not involved with. The incident, captured by the camera phones of numerous onlookers at the Fruitvale train station in Oakland, CA, prompted national outrage for the senseless murder of a young black man at the hands of law enforcement.

the 2013 Audience Award in the US Dramatic category, as well as the grand-daddy of them all, the Grand Jury Prize….

The Weinstein Company acquired Coogler’s directorial debut, although no word yet on when exactly it’ll be released. Michael B. Jordan stars in the film based on the murder of 22-year old Oscar Grant (played by Jordan). Octavia Spencer, Tristan Wilds and Melonie Diaz co-star. The film is produced by Forest Whitaker. Read our review HERE.

Read about the other films (by black filmmakers on black subjects) that won awards at Sundance 2013 – and patronize them when and if they come to a theater or film festival near you!

Read more Breaking News here.

Cinematographer Bradford Young won awards for two feature films at this Sundance. He heightens the human drama of "Mother of George" with shots that experiment with the use of light and color in striking ways. The film dramatizes the complicated lives of African immigrants in America.

Cinematographer Bradford Young won awards for two feature films at this Sundance. He heightens the human drama of “Mother of George” with shots that experiment with the use of light and color in striking ways. The film dramatizes the complicated lives of African immigrants in America.