poc-creators:

PARK CITY, Utah — Fruitvale, written and directed by first-time filmmaker Ryan Coogler, was the big dramatic winner at the Sundance Film Festival.

The film, produced by Forest Whitaker and starring Michael B. Jordan (Friday Night Lights), took the festival’s grand jury prize for dramatic film as well as the drama category’s audience award at a ceremony Saturday night.

Fruitvale is based on the story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Oakland, Calif., resident shot by police at the Fruitvale subway stop in 2009.

Upon hearing the announcement for the top drama win, Coogler, 26, vaulted over the front of the stage to get to the podium and seemed overcome with emotion behind the microphone.

“When I first made this project, it was about humanity, and how we treat the people we love most and the people we don’t know,” he said. “To get this means that this film made a powerful impact. This goes back to my home, the Bay area, where Oscar Grant lived for 22 years. I can’t wait to see you all when this is said and done and I’m more articulate and not so emotional.”

Sundance jury member and former Fox studios chairman Tom Rothman praised the film for “its skillful realization, its devastating emotional impact and its moral and social urgency” and said it was destined for future greatness.

“This will not be the last time you guys walk to a podium,” Rothman said before presenting the award.

Previously on poc_creators:Sundance 2013: Ryan Coogler on pain, passion in making ‘Fruitvale’

CONGRATS TO RYAN COOGLER AND HELL YES TO FOREST WHITTAKER FOR PRODUCING IT. Also, the movie has been picked up by the Weinstein Brothers for 2.5 million for distribution purposes!!!