“Fruitvale,” an Indie film written and directed by Oakland, CA native Ryan Coogler and produced by Oscar winner Forrest Whitaker, is being filmed currently in the Bay Area. The film will prove to be a heart wrenching as it will track what happened to Bay Area resident Oscar Grant who was held on New Years Day 2009 by San Francisco BART police. Grant was detained at the BART station until he was shot in the back and killed. Many passengers captured this horrifying moment on their cellphone cameras. The incident and death made huge headlines all across America, which sparked protests and riots.
Big Spence says he feels “blessed” to be working with such great talent in Michael B Jordan (“Red Tails”), Melonie Diaz (“Be Kind Rewind”) and of course Octavia Spencer, who won an Oscar for her role in 2011’s “The Help.” Big Spence has a ‘day player’ role in the film as “Bart Witness #1.”