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Adrift in a lush, nocturnal urban landscape, Nick is a post-modern urban hero asserting his anarchistic agenda on the endless maze of virgin exterior walls that comprise downtown Seattle ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Nick (as Ruben Bansie-Snellman)
Pledgure Duoshun ...
Hardware Stock Clerk
Zachary S. Smalls ...
Police Officer #1
Robert D. Heath Jr. ...
Police Officer #2
Rich Clemets ...
Booking Officer
Rich Carlton ...
Skate Shop Clerk
Pepper Fajans ...
Jesse
Daniel Parker ...
Boy at Burnside Skate Park
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Boy at Burnside Skate Park
Dan Stegner ...
Boy at Burnside Skate Park
Justin Lawrence ...
Undercover Cop #1
John Paulson ...
Undercover Cop #2
Megan Johnston ...
Smoothie Shop Girl
Don Connell ...
Hardware Store Clerk
Angie Golds ...
End Police Officer #2
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Adrift in a lush, nocturnal urban landscape, Nick is a post-modern urban hero asserting his anarchistic agenda on the endless maze of virgin exterior walls that comprise downtown Seattle and Portland. For writer/director Bolton's lonely "tagger" protagonist, the vast wall surfaces of deserted alleys and trainyards are at once a daunting symbol of capitalist oppression and a texturally rich, seamless tableau ripe for exploitation to amplify his artistic dialectic of anger and rebellion. His own virtually anonymous existence seemingly only secondary to the painted surfaces and "rupture the system" manifesto which more poignantly evidence his presence, Nick's prodigious solo graffiti output is interrupted by friendship with another young tagger. Their communication begins as less verbal than a kind of shared graphic tour de force; their enormous collaborative graffiti murals appear to emerge as the unmistakable offspring of their kindred spirit. But eventually their assumptions about one... Written by Bill Dose

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Nick was apparently busted twice in Portland, the second time being remanded to juvenile detention. But we see him leaving detention in Seattle, not Portland. See more »

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Brilliant, European, a breath of fresh air for the stale state of American Cinema
24 July 2004 | by (beverly hills) – See all my reviews

it takes a lot for me to make a comment on a film but this one is so deserving. having grown up in europe and lived in the us for the past 10 years, i have had to get by on the few American films which actually have something to say or offer something truly artful and this is one of the few of the last few years. i can't wait the graffiti artist comes to the new beverly or one of the other art house cinemas in LA so i can recommend it to my friends. i'm a painter, but did not know much about graffiti art before i watched this. having now spoken to some graffiti artists at a painting showcase in long beach, i realize how tru this film is to the subculture and also how the silences of the film fit in. perhaps that is why the one negative comment for this film exists. this guy just must not get anything but gay feel good comedies like that dreadful, waste of time latter days which is the only other film he commented on. so glowing that he must be the filmmaker or producer of that terrible "latter days" because i haven't seen a worse film this year. actually, i walked out after 25 min because i was losing IQ points.perhaps, now i do understand what must have happened to "steven". so now i've been compelled to comment on a film because it's brilliant and deserves to be seen and somebody has to let readers know the "truth," when another reviewer tries to send them astray. go see the graffiti artist when it comes to your city and see the future of film-making. thought provoking, political (this film is really about free speech, not just a kiss...hint: try to see things other than queer cinema) hopefully other directors will be inspired to try something new and quit trying to feed us senseless crap which is the bulk of American cinema. gus van sant compared this director to ingmar bergman and i can see the influence, but this is a truly unique and powerful voice and i can't wait for the next film by bolton.


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