'Fruitvale,' Produced By Forest Whitaker And Starring Michael B. Jordan, Wins Big At Sundance
The Sundance Film Festival concluded this past Saturday night with the biggest winner being Fruitvale, a film produced by Forest Whitaker, 51, and starring Michael B. Jordan (pictured), 25. Fruitvale tells the true story of Oscar Grant, an unarmed man shot and killed by police officers in Oakland, Calif. The film won both the grand jury prize and audience prize for dramatic film.
"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," writer/director Ryan Coogler, 26, said. "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."
Another big winner was Blood Brother, directed by Steve Hoover. The documentary swept the grand jury prize for documentary and the audience award. The story focuses on an unsatisfied American, Rocky Braat, who travels to India to work with orphans suffering from HIV. "Man, it is so encouraging. For the kids, that is so awesome," said Braat. "Because their lives are so challenging. And no one remembers their names."
Individual winners include Lake Bell, 33, for screenwriting. The actress made her screenwriting and directorial debut with In a World… . Miles Teller, 25, and Shailene Woodley, 21, earned a special jury award for their performances in the coming-of-age story The Spectacular Now.
Here is the list of 2013 Sundance Film Festival winners.
U.S. Grand Jury Prize, dramatic: Fruitvale
U.S. Grand Jury Prize, documentary: Blood Brother
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, dramatic: Jiseul
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, documentary: A River Changes Course
Audience Award, World Cinema, dramatic: Metro Manila
Audience Award, World Cinema, documentary: The Square
Audience Award, U.S. dramatic: Fruitvale
Audience Award, U.S. documentary: Blood Brother
Audience Award, Best of NEXT: This is Martin Bonner
Directing Award, U. S. dramatic: Afternoon Delight
Directing Award, U.S. documentary: Cutie and the Boxer
Directing Award, World Cinema, dramatic: Crystal Fairy
Directing Award: World Cinema, documentary: The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear
Cinematography Award, World Cinema dramatic: Lasting
Cinematography Award, U.S. documentary: Dirty Wars
Cinematography Award, U.S. dramatic: Ain't Them Bodies Saints
Cinematography Award, U.S. dramatic: Mother of George
Cinematography Award, World Cinema documentary: Who Is Dayani Cristal?
U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking: Inequality for All
U.S. Documentary Special Jury award for Achievement in Filmmaking: American Promise
U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting: Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley,The Spectacular Now
U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Sound Design: Shane Carruth and Johnny Marshall, Upstream Color
World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award: Circles
World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Punk Spirit : Pussy Riot — A Punk Prayer
Editing Award, World Cinema documentary: The Summit
Editing Award, U.S. documentary: Gideon's Army
Screenwriting Award, World Cinema dramatic: Wajma (An Afghan Love Story)
Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. dramatic: In A World…
Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize: Computer Chess
Short Film Grand Jury Prize: The Whistle
Short Film Jury Award, U.S. fiction: Whiplash
Short Film Jury Award, international fiction: The Date
Short Film Jury Award, non-fiction: Skinningrove
Short Film Jury Award, animation: Irish Folk Furniture
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