PGA to honor Fruitvale Station with 2014 Stanley Kramer Award

2014 Marks the 25th Anniversary of the Producers Guild Awards (Press Release) The Producers Guild of America (PGA), announced today that the critically acclaimed feature FRUITVALE STATION will be honored with the 2014 Stanley Kramer Award at the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards...
Posted On 13 Dec 2013

The State of the Race: The Ghosts of Our American Past Told Through Three Movies

2013 will end up being about a lot of things when the dust settles. It will be yet another year where most of the films in the Best Picture race are driven by the male narrative — give or take a Gravity. It will be the year that directing vets like Woody Allen, Martin...
Posted On 17 Sep 2013

2 awards for Fruitvale Station at Deauville festival

(Thanks to Arnaud Trouvé) -Grand Prix « Night moves » de Kelly Reichardt -Prix du public « Fruitvale station » de Ryan Coogler -Prix révélation Cartier (jury présidé par Valérie Donzelli) « Fruitvale station » de Ryan Coogler (Un film qui est autant un geste qu’un cri) -Prix de...
Posted On 07 Sep 2013

Oscar Bits and Bites

In his excellent Grantland piece, Wesley Morris draws an eerie parallel between Trayvon Martin and Oscar Grant, but more to the point, Ryan Coogler’s film. It calls to mind what is, I think, the difference between an objective film review (if there is such a thing) and a...
Posted On 26 Jul 2013

Fruitvale Station rises to rank among the best-reviewed films of the year

Kenneth Turan’s review in the LA Times is of one 7 perfect scores of 100 on Metacritic so far. Fruitvale Station is a portrait of a life cut short. Made with assurance and deep emotion, Fruitvale Station is more than a remarkable directing debut for 26-year-old Ryan...
Posted On 13 Jul 2013

The State of the Race: Fruitvale Station Poised to Make Oscar History

As of this moment, only two films look poised to enter the Best Picture race with a golden ticket. Alexander Payne’s Nebraska and Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station. Already a champ at Sundance, an impressive reception at the Cannes Film Fest, with rave reviews from the...
Posted On 12 Jul 2013

High Praise for Coogler’s Fruitvale Station

Fruitvale Station opens tomorrow to rave reviews from (what’s left of) the major film critics. The Los Angeles Times’ Kenneth Turan writes: Made with assurance and deep emotion, “Fruitvale Station” is more than a remarkable directing debut for 26-year-old...
Posted On 11 Jul 2013

Michael B. Jordan gives a “Major Performance,” Edelstein says

Fruitvale Station is about to land with major critics. The first one out of the gate, New York Mag’s David Edelstein, who writes: Jordan gives a major performance. His Oscar is not a wholly admirable man. His motor runs fast; he acts before he thinks; he’s quick to get...
Posted On 08 Jul 2013

New Poster for Fruitvale Station

Fruitvale Station had  a special screening at the Los Angeles Film Fest last night, view some of the red carpet photos here. Meanwhile, a beautiful new poster has appeared over at Yahoo Movies:
Posted On 18 Jun 2013

NY Times’ Cieply on the Breakout Year for Black Films

The New York Times takes notice of the new wave of black filmmakers releasing movies this year.  What remains to be seen is how the critics, then the industry voters (the majority of whom are white) will receive these films.  What defines “good” to white audiences...
Posted On 02 Jun 2013