Hey Music Movie Family, I’ve got a special giveaway for you this time. MMT has obtained passes to the Philadelphia screening of Fruitvale, a film based on the true story of 22-year-old Oscar Grant; who was fatally shot by a BART police officer at the Fruitvale train station (New Year’s Day, 2009). The screening will be held next Monday, June 24 and hosted by WDAS-FM’s Patty Jackson.
There will be a Q & A panel after the screening with writer/director Ryan Coogler and Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown.
For a chance to win an admit-two pass you can: 1) make sure you’re signed up (on the right) to follow this site and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and subject line Fruitvale or 2) you can like the new MusicMoviesThoughts Facebook page and leave a comment under the “Fruitvale” post. Winners will be selected and notified no later than Friday, June 21.
You can read a synopsis of the film and check out the official “Fruitvale” trailer below.
Good Luck family! Until next thought, Thomasena
Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award
for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, director Ryan Coogler’s
FRUITVALE STATION follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-
year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and
feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start
on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer), whose
birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina
(Melonie Diaz), who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late, and being a
better father to Tatiana (Ariana Neal), their beautiful four year-old daughter.
Crossing paths with friends, family, and strangers, Oscar starts out well, but as the
day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easily. His resolve takes a
tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale
subway stop on New Year’s Day. Oscar’s life and tragic death would shake the Bay
Area – and the entire nation – to its very core.