January 28th, 2013
12:48 PM ET
“Fruitvale” won big at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival’s feature film awards. The drama, which tells the true story of 22-year-old Oscar Grant on the last day of his life, took home a U.S. Grand Jury Prize and an Audience Award.
Ryan Coogler wrote and directed the feature, starring Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand and Chad Michael Murray.
“At the end of the day, 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,” Coogler said while accepting the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic, via Sundance.org. “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.”
Steve Hoover’s documentary “Blood Brother,” which follows Rocky Braat as he encounters a group of children with HIV/AIDS living in India, also received a U.S. Grand Jury Prize and an Audience Award.
“Seeing Rocky’s life blew me away,” Hoover said upon winning U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary. “Can’t wait to see the difference we can make in the world because of this.”
Braat added, “Man it is so encouraging. For the kids, that is so awesome. Because their lives are so challenging. And no one remembers their names. To take their stories and everyone can see them.”
For the full list of winners, visit Sundance.org.
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