Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, director Ryan Coogler’s FRUITVALE STATION follows the true story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008. His day takes a tragic turn, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day. Where: CALS Ron Robinson Theater When: Sunday, March 30th,...
Blood Brother, which won the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, sneaks up on you. What at first seems like a fairly typical personal documentary, quickly becomes something else entirely, as Steve Hoover is dragged into the complicated life of his best friend Rocky who has devoted his life to serving HIV positive children in India. I spoke with Steve about his best friend the Rocky, about making a film that is suddenly talked about as important in the battle against aids in the developing World, and what its like to win the Grand Prize at Sundance. 1. Tell me about Blood Brother? Blood Brother is an intimate portrait of Rocky Braat, my best friend. Rocky, a graphic designer, left his life and career in Pittsburgh to become family to a group of HIV positive orphans in India. I wanted to see and understand why Rocky made this dramatic decision and share Rocky’s story. 2. Tell us about your relationship with Rocky? What made you follow him to India? Our friendship is open and honest, I believe it’s unique. We are like family. I wanted to follow Rocky to India because I wanted to see his life there, it was a whole side of him that I really didn’t know or understand. I had been hearing about it from a distance in his emails and over the phone. It was hard for me to really grasp what he was doing, I just had no point of reference. I tried to picture Rocky in this village. He just seemed out of place to me,...