Michael Shawver, a graduate of the URI Film Media program, edited a film called Fruitvale Station that’s creating all kinds of Oscar buzz this year.
“Fruitvale Station” turns the shooting of a black man by a white cop into a rich fable of American life
From Salon Magazine:
Fruitvale Station will be remembered for years as the place where an unarmed 22-year-old man named Oscar Grant III was shot in the back by a police officer just after 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day of 2009. Exactly how and why that happened remains a matter of “Rashomon”-like dispute, which has not been cleared up by contradictory eyewitness testimony and a proliferation of cellphone videos shot by other people in the station. What we know for sure is that a young black man died, for no good or obvious reason, at the hands of a white cop, right in the middle of one of the most purportedly progressive and multicultural communities in the nation, and that the episode can’t be disconnected from the long, painful and tragic history of race in America.