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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

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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beautiful film..
2 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw this movie on DVD; had to get it from the website as nobody seems to carry it..and it was definitely worth the wait of almost two & a half weeks. The film is very beautiful, flows as a dream would...very visually driven, the protagonists don't speak much but then they don't really have to, Nick, played by ruben bansie-snellman, doesn't portray the most 'charismatic' character ever, though that does seem to work for the character, Nick 'feels' genuine because he doesn't talk much or cares to engage anyone in conversation for conversation's sake. He's simply a young man trying to find his voice in the world, politically, socially, sexually. The film is a gem, I often felt like reaching out to Nick b/c I could relate to so many things his character portrayed...nice, different film.


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