Fruitvale Station stood out as one of the top films at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. Forrest Whitaker and The Weinstein Company discovered the film and joined as producers to give it a national release this summer.
Starring Michael B. Jordan (The Wire, Friday Night Lights) and Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, Fruitvale Station is inspired by the life and death of Oakland native Oscar Grant. In 2009, an unarmed Grant was shot and killed while on the ground at Fruitvale Station in the Bay Area. Dozens of witnesses recorded the murder on their cell phones.
The officer who killed Grant, Johannes Mehserle, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and only served two years in prison. He is currently free and out on parole.
Watch the first movie trailer for Fruitvale Station.