Five Facts About Fruitvale Director & Writer Ryan Coogler
Outside of being a filmmaker, Ryan Coogler works as a guidance counselor
“I work in the Bay Area, I work as a counselor at juvenile hall. I work with incarcerated youth. And I’ve been doing that since I was 21.”
Ryan Coogler didn’t always dream of being a filmmaker
“At first, I wanted to be a doctor. At St. Mary’s, a creative writing professor called me into her office and asked me what I wanted to do with my life. I told her I was studying chemistry. She thought I’d be good at writing Hollywood screenplays. I thought maybe she’s on to something. I ended up getting a football scholarship to Sacramento State, switched my major to finance and started taking every film class I could. I really fell in love with it. After, I attended graduate school at University of Southern California. I’ve been doing film ever since.”
Before Ryan Coogler made his first feature film, Fruitvale, he shot three short films.
"His previous award-winning short films include Locks (Tribeca Film Festival, Dana and Albert Broccoli Award for Filmmaking Excellence), Gap (Jack Nicholson Award for Achievement in Directing), and Fig (HBO Short Filmmaking Award, DGA Student Filmmaker Award).”
Ryan Coogler views films as more than a tool to entertain audiences.
“A lot of filmmakers are stepping up to the plate and realizing we have a social responsibility not just to entertain but to make people think. At the end of the day, a filmmaker’s most important tool is humanity. You want to be able to capture humanity in your stories, you want to be able to bring out humanity in your characters.”
Ryan Coogler is from the Bay Area in Northern California.
“Coogler, who grew up in Richmond, California, was living in the East Bay at the time of Grant’s shooting.”
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Cottage on an island near Nora, Sweden. Submitted by Jonas Loiske.
Bonfire and cabin near Tranøy, Norway. Submitted by Erik Farnsworth.
I need to go back to Norway.
Uvershula in Nordland, Norway sits on idyllic seashore location with fine views of the nearby Lofoten Islands. Built by a local school teacher, it has a wood burning stove, coffee pot, and a hut log book with comments from travellers from all over the world.
Submitted by Jerry Webb.