I honestly don’t remember what I was doing at 2:00 AM on January 1st 2009 (and no I was not drunk, I was most likely asleep), but it really doesn’t matter because it would not have compared to what Oscar Grant was going through in Oakland, California. I know I missed it, but I remember when Fruitvale Station did its theater run last year. I hadn’t heard anything about it and did not know about its success at Sundance (I guess I am still kind of a main-streamer and am very proud of it), but I saw that it got really good reviews, tried to go see it, and it was gone!
San Francisco (Frisco) is one of my favorite cities in the United States to visit (I can thank my parents for that). It is a majestic city (as represented in Blue Jasmine) and while I am not a fan of Oakland (Broncos all the way!) it is Frisco’s close neighbor. Well, my top 10 list this year has a movie or two about defying power and standing up to the corrupt practices of people with authority. Therefore, when I finally saw this amazing movie, completely unnecessary police brutality is close to breaking into the list.
Maybe it was Michael B. Jordan’s (Parenthood) outstanding performance depicting the back story of Oscar Grant’s horrible misfortune represented as an act of racism, or maybe its the adrenaline rush I get when corruption is exposed in a widespread medium, but I am extremely glad this movie was made. It was completely necessary and is a very accessible film for anybody who has just one hour and twenty minutes to see one of the best films of 2013.
By: Jonny Havey | Producer