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, as the day goes on, he realizes that changes are 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.
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In addition to playing the role of Oscar's mother, Wanda, Octavia Spencer was a co-executive producer for this movie. One of her tasks in that capacity was to attract investors for the film, and one of the people from whom Spencer did secure financing was Kathryn Stockett, author of the bestselling novel The Help. Spencer, who starred as "Minnie" in (and won an Oscar for) the screen adaptation of Stockett's novel, had been friendly with Stockett since meeting her in LA in the early 2000s; Stockett had based the character of Minnie on Spencer. Stockett was the only investor to receive a "Very Special Thanks" credit at the end of Fruitvale Station (all the others received only "The filmmakers would like to thank") credits. Read More