Following on from the Bay Area Boom article about the San Francisco Film Society’s Filmmaker360 program, we are profiling the 13 finalists for the SFFS’s Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking grant. The winners of this award will be announced on December 8.RYAN COOGLER, FRUITVALESynopsis: Based on a true story, Fruitvale follows Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on New Year’s Eve 2008.Bio: Ryan Coogler is a 26-year-old filmmaker based in the Bay Area. He earned his MFA at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in 2011, where he made several short films including Fig, Gap, and Locks. When he is not working on a film project, Coogler works as a counselor at San Francisco Juvenile Hall.What was your inspiration for this story?My biggest inspiration for the story came from being at home in the Bay Area when the incident happened to Oscar, and experiencing firsthand the fallout that stemmed from it.What do you see as the greatest challenges for filmmakers today?I think the greatest challenge for filmmakers today is the same as it always has been: getting your film made. It’s an art form like no other in that it involves so much capital, time, and collaboration that every film,… Read full this story
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