Filming for “Fruitvale,” the feature film about Oscar Grant’s shooting death, is filming in the Bay Area right now. And both Grant’s family and BART, the transit system Grant was riding before he was pulled off a train and killed by a BART police officer, say they’ve been able to approve the content of the film.
San Francisco’s KQED reports that Cephus Johnson, Grant’s uncle, said the Grant family has seen a final copy of the script and feels comfortable with the film’s portrayal of his nephew’s last hours. “I think the community as well as the world should know who [Oscar Grant] was and what happened to him,” Johnson told KQED. “It will humanize Oscar as being a young black man that was tragically murdered on a platform for no apparent reason.”
Most surprisingly, BART has been participating as well. Filming has taken place on BART facilities, and transit system’s spokesman Jim Allison told KGO, “BART oversees the content so BART is not portrayed in a way that BART does not want to be portrayed.” Still, BART and the city have kept largely mum on the details of the filming.
Ryan Coogler is directing the film for Forrest Whitaker’s production company. The film stars Oscar winner Octavia Spencer and Michael B. Jordan, best known for his role on the television show “Friday Night Lights.”