Octavia Spencer

Sundance 2013 Review: Ryan Coogler’s Lauded ‘Fruitvale’ | Shadow and Act

Fruitvale has become the darling of this year’s Sundance festival, and rightly so. The drama, chronicles the real-life murder of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, who in the early hours of New Year’s Day 2009 was fatally shot in the back by an officer after being detained in the wake of an altercation that he was not involved with. The incident, captured by the camera phones of numerous onlookers at the Fruitvale BART train station in Oakland, prompted national outrage in what was not the first and would certainly not be the last senseless murder of a young black man at the hands of law enforcement.

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Octavia Spencer Launches Short Film Competition (Win Brand New Camera, Cash, Exposure) | Shadow and Act

Octavia Spencer Launches Short Film Competition (Win Brand New Camera, Cash, Exposure) | Shadow and Act

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Octavia Spencer announced the following contest on her Facebook fanpage on Friday, and I’m simply passing it along, as some of you may want to participate:

I was struck this past week when a young filmmaker asked me how I coped when my dreams felt far from my grasp. My answer to her and all of you is I always feel mine are always within reach. What many people don’t know is that it takes an average of 15 years to become an over night success. In that time you must create and continue to hone your skills. If you are a musician, write poetry and turn it into an amazing song. If you are a filmmaker write a short and shoot it. I’ve done it twice now. I know it’s not easy.

Two of my friends shot beautiful, award winning shorts on the CANON EOS 60D. One of those films was shortlisted to potentially receive an Oscar nomination yesterday. Trust me I know money is tight. So, in honor of Award Season, I’d like to help someone else see their dream realized.