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BART Police Shooting, Oakland »

[By Beat News Service | 29 Nov 2012 | 2 Comments]
Production of the movie "Fruitvale" on July 28, 2012 at an East Bay BART Station. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

A movie about the New Year’s Day 2009 shooting of BART passenger Oscar Grant by a police officer has been selected to compete for best dramatic film in the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, festival organizers announced Wednesday.

“Fruitvale” depicts the hours before Grant’s slaying by BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle at the Fruitvale BART Station in Oakland. The shooting was captured on numerous cameras by witnesses and immediately went viral on the internet.

BART Police Shooting, Oakland »

[By Beat News Service | 17 Apr 2012 | One Comment]
Grant's mother Wanda Johnson reacted angrily to the news that Mehserle was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, not murder. "My son was murdered. He was murdered!" she said. (JENNIFER COURTNEY / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

A movie about the shooting of Oscar Grant, the 22 year-old unarmed Hayward man killed by BART Police in 2009, could begin filming in Northern California this summer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The entertainment publication said Oscar winner Octavia Spencer and “Chronicle” actor Michael B. Jordan are in negotiations to play the roles of Wanda Johnson, Grant’s mother, and the shooting victim in the production.

Music Scene »

[By James Keith | 19 Mar 2010 | No Comments]
The cover to Intrada's 2 disc edition of the soundtrack

Good movie soundtracks can sometimes go missing, but this is no longer the case for Alan Silvestri’s rousing score to the classic Back to the Future, long considered a holy grail among soundtrack collectors.

Arts & Entertainment »

[By California Beat | 20 Dec 2008 | No Comments]

For those who were around to witness the tragic City Hall killings of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and the nation’s first openly gay politician, city supervisor Harvey Milk unfold, you know how the events of Nov. 27, 1978 rocked the Bay Area’s foundation.

It seemed like the world was coming to an end. First the mass suicide of 900+ members of the People’s Temple in Jonestown, Guyana just ten days earlier, and then the killings of two prominent San Francisco elected officials.

But the focus in Gus Van Sant’s brilliant motion picture film Milk is about the gay supervisor, a pioneering figure who has become a hero in the gay community that inspired a new generation of political activism and equal rights for homosexuals in California and throughout the country.