Oscar Grant’s Riveting Story, ‘Fruitvale Station,’ Sells Out Screenings in Oakland

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Michael B. Jordan as "Oscar Grant" in 'Fruitvale Station'

Michael B. Jordan as “Oscar Grant” in ‘Fruitvale Station’

Oakland locals showed up strong for Oscar Grant, the 22-year-old young man shot and killed by a police officer in 2009, selling out several screenings of Fruitvale Station on opening night, Friday, July 12.

Related: Support Oscar Grant Mural Project

The extremely emotional film, which made its initial premiere in seven theaters in California and New York City this weekend, couldn’t have had better (or worse) timing, as we rally against the verdict in George Zimmerman‘s trial.

Anticipation caused Oakland’s Grand Lake Theatre, just four miles from the actual Fruitvale station, to add showtimes on Saturday morning to accommodate more customers, according to Karely Cerritos, an employee.

“It was really busy last night,” Cerritos told LA Times on Saturday. “After the shows let out people gathered in front,” but she was unclear if there “was more going on than just people waiting for rides.”

There were “no protests or anything negative” regarding the film but Cerritos mentioned an organized bike ride from the Fruitvale station to the movie theater. “And people have been driving by honking their horns,” she said.

As the first feature-length project by 26-year-old Ryan Coolger, the film, won both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature at Cannes and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at Sundance 2013.

Coogler was also honored along with late film critic Roger Ebert at the third-annual Celebrate Sundance Institute benefit in West Hollywood last month.

The Forest Whitaker-produced film which has received profoundly positive reviews from critics and movie-goers, stars Michael B, JordanMelonie Diaz, Oscar-winning actress Octavia SpencerChad Michael Murray.

Related: Fruitvale Station Will Make You Cry Like A Baby

Though many didn’t get to see the movie this weekend due to select screenings, a larger roll out begins next weekend, July 19, with nationwide showings starting July 26. You check cities and theaters here.

As of Friday night, the film has earned $127,445, according to an estimate from the film’s distributor, the Weinstein Co.

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