With the Trayvon Martin case still in the headlines come a young African American male from Oakland who is making Oscar(R) buzz with his maiden film "Fruitvale Station" about Oscar Grant, our Trayvon Martin who was shot an killed by a transit police officer in Oakland on New Year's Day four years and half years ago.
The man behind the story and camera is Ryan Coogler whose path to the celluloid stage is sprinkled like so many others prior and so many after with a checkered multi-career professional resume. The most recent job assignment prior to making this film was and still is (if he can find the time) as a youth counselor at San Francisco's Juvenile Justice Center.
Patt Morrison The Los Angeles Times covered his story in the Wednesday, July 17, 2013 Opinion section. You can read the interview online under Patt Morrison | Ryan Coogler "Message maker" interviewed fresh on the heels of the Sundance and Cannes victory lap.
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