There is no mention at all in the film about Oscar's father, partly because--through his son Oscar's entire life--he was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder. However, he was permitted to also sue BART for his share of wrongful death payments. As of November 2013, his suit is still pending, while mother and daughter settled for separate total payments of $2.8 million.
Besides Octavia Spencer, another Oscar-winning actor, Forest Whitaker was instrumental as the film's producer in getting it off the ground. He became a very early supporter of writer/director Ryan Coogler after seeing his film work in college.
In addition to playing the role of Oscar's mother, Wanda, Octavia Spencer was a co-executive producer for this movie. One of her tasks in that capacity was to attract investors for the film, and one of the people from whom Spencer did secure financing was Kathryn Stockett, who has been friend since meeting in Los Angeles in the early 2000s. Stockett wrote the Oscar-winning role of Minnie in The Help (2011) specifically for Spencer. Stockett was the only investor to receive a "Very Special Thanks" credit at the end of Fruitvale Station (2013) (all the others received only "The filmmakers would like to thank" credits).
The film was the recipient of two San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation grants in 2012; $100,000 in May for production, and $100,000 in December for post-production. The film was also selected for the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab in January 2012, and received both a Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship and Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute Grant.