Last year, the film that the San Francisco Film Society had supported with grants went on to great things. Sure prizes and deals are not the only way to measure success, and really just getting a movie made is the real achievement -- and hell, getting it into Sundance is pretty damn sweet. I have loved what I have seen of Ryan's work so far. I also love all he has to say about the film. I also love the the film is about something real to us all; in this case the killing of Oscar Grant at by a police officer. If you haven't checked it out this video already, I recommend you do so now:
If you'd like to read more about this and the original case it is based on, this HuffPost article includes many photos of the Oakland riots that followed after the officer was sentenced only for involuntary manslaughter for two years, minus time served.