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Fruitvale Takes Sundance By Storm

It seems that one of the breakout movies from this year’s Sundance festival has been “Fruitvale,” starring Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer. The film is based on a true story concerning Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old man from Oakland, CA, who was killed by police brutality. The film, according to CinemaBlend, features a lot of what has come to make Sundance popular–a killer script by a young up-and-coming writer (in this case, 26-year-old writer/director Ryan Coogler), dramatic turns from actors and actresses who don’t get nearly the kind of recognition they deserve (save for Spencer’s huge Oscar for “The Help”) and a simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking tale about humanity and the sometimes senseless acts that are inflicted on others.

According to CinemaBlend, this film could be one that could be up for all types of awards later on; its winning streak is already starting due to the film garnering both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize in its category. The film will be released to the public by the Weinstein Company, so expect to see much more talk and the inevitable (and, in this case necessary) race relations debates this movie will bring on later this year.

If you happened to see “Fruitvale,” write what you loved about it in the comments section below.


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Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

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