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Oscar Grant ‘Fruitvale’ Film Creates Sundance Buzz

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Scene from "Fruitvale" (credit: Sundance Film Festival)

Scene from “Fruitvale” (credit: Sundance Film Festival)

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PARK CITY, Utah (KCBS) – A movie about the shooting death of Bay Area Rapid Transit passenger Oscar Grant by BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle on the Fruitvale Station platform on New Year’s Day 2009 appears to be the hottest flick at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

According to published reports, “Fruitvale,” which details the last 24 hours of the 22 year-old Grant’s life, was the subject of heated bidding between different studios for the rights to the films.

Ultimately, The Weinstein Company is said to have been the highest bidder, offering up $2 million.

“Fruitvale” is one of a handful of films at the annual film festival in Park City, Utah which feature Bay Area subjects.

Michael B. Jordan stars as Grant, and Octavia Spencer plays his mother, Wanda. “Fruitvale” was written and directed by Oakland native Ryan Coogler. It is his first feature film.

There was no early indication about when The Weinstein Company intended to release “Fruitvale.”

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