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The Graffiti Artist (2004)

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:
Ruben Bansie ...
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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Freeing Art, Freeing Yourself.
21 July 2004 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

This movie truly didn't need dialogue. With a soundtrack by Kid Loco, and a story that is as surreal and beautiful-- the written dialog becomes a secondary in such a film. Nick aka "Rupture", the graffiti artist, is a loner. His artistic "tagging" gets him in trouble with the law where he finds himself moving from Portland to Seattle meeting up with Jesse aka "Flip." A relationship grows between them as they "tag" together and live together. They become intimate, Jesse becomes more uncomfortable with those feelings, takes flight back to Portland leaving a tragic Nick, high and dry. This movie is less about Nick and Jesse's relationship and more about the outstanding artist, Nick is, and what limits he will go to show it, even jail. Great dream-like movie that takes you into the life of an artist, a graffiti artist. I got to see it @ a Film Festival and cannot wait to see it again and again.


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