Cannes Interview: 'Fruitvale Station' Writer & Director Ryan Coogler
by Alex Billington
May 29, 2013
2013's breakout success - Ryan Coogler. He swept the awards at Sundance this year, with Fruitvale taking home both the Grand Jury & Audience Award, then went on to play Cannes to a standing ovation. Next stop, Oscars? Well, before we get to that, it's time to catch up with the man behind it all, Ryan Coogler himself. I've been looking forward to talking with him ever since first seeing Fruitvale during Sundance. I finally got the chance to catch up with Ryan and chat about the film on the beach at the Cannes Film Festival this summer. The interview was recorded on a Flipcam and gives a good introduction to the story. Watch below.
We recorded right on the beach near the Palais, so it may get a bit noisy but not too bad. I was a bit gushy with Ryan and his film, but it's a moving film and I wanted him to talk openly about it. We covered a range of topics from casting to cinematography. Ryan is 27 years old and attended USC's School of Cinematic Arts.
Here is my video interview with Fruitvale Station writer/director Ryan Coogler, recorded in Cannes:
Thank you to The Weinstein Company for arranging, and to Ryan for his time speaking with me. I'm very glad I had the chance to talk with Ryan, as I've had so much to ask him about/compliment him on since first seeing the film in January. Ryan Coogler and the film received a big standing ovation at its Un Certain Regard premiere in Cannes and he went on to win the "Avenir Prize" as well. The Weinstein Company will be releasing it later this summer. The film premiered as just Fruitvale at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it won both the Grand Jury and Audience Award. Photo of Ryan at the Sundance '13 world premiere:
Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale Station is set for a limited release from The Weinstein Company starting on July 12th this summer. See it at a film festival or in select theaters near you this year. Follow @fruitvalemovie.