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Ryan Coogler has been representing the Bay Area since 2013, when his first feature film, Fruitvale Station—the true story of Oscar Grant’s murder by an Oakland police officer—won the grand jury prize and the audience award at the Sundance Film Festival. The film director, producer, and screenwriter went on to capture a global audience’s attention with the 2018 Marvel movie Black Panther. The fictional nation of Wakanda inspired a cultural phenomenon as fans showed up to theaters in their best costumes and reveled in the celebration of Black culture. In 2021, Coogler—as producer—will bring the story of another panther to big screens with director Shaka King, this time to tell the story of Fred Hampton, a deputy chairman of the Black Panther Party who was assassinated. He’s also steering Space Jam 2, which will see LeBron James replacing Michael Jordan in the follow-up to the classic ’90s movie. If that’s not enough, he’s on board to write and direct the long-anticipated return to Wakanda for the Black Panther sequel.