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Infamy -- Take an intense journey into the dangerous lives and obsessed minds of six of America's most prolific graffiti artists. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Doug Pray (Hype! and Scratch) who teamed up with writer, publisher, and graffiti guru Roger Gastman, the movie takes you deep into the world of street legends Saber, Toomer, Jase, Claw, Earsnot and Enem. With brutal honesty, humor and charisma, these artists reveal why they are so willing to risk everything to spray paint their cities with "tags," "throwups" and full-color murals. You'll also meet Joe "The Graffiti Guerilla" Connolly, a notorious "buffer" who paints out graffiti on his neighborhood's walls with a vengeance matched only by those who vandalized them. From the streets of the South Bronx to the solitude of a San Francisco tunnel, from high atop a Hollywood billboard to North Philadelphia for a lesson in "Philly-style tags," from the Mexican border to a Cleveland train yard, Infamy doesn't analyze or glorify graffiti... it takes you there and brings it to life.
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A feature-length documentary about graffiti culture as told through the experiences of six well-known graffiti writers and a graffiti buffer. | Add synopsis »
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Claw ... Herself
Joe Connolly ... Himself
Earsnot ... Himself
Jase ... Himself
NM ... Himself
Saber ... Himself
Toomer ... Himself

Directed by
Doug Pray 
Produced by
Grant Cihlar .... producer
Nancy Cihlar .... producer
Roger Gastman .... supervising producer
Quincy Jones III .... executive producer
Kevin Lewis .... executive producer
Roy Tesfay .... executive producer
Tes Tesfay .... executive producer
Original Music by
Garron Chang 
Cinematography by
Doug Pray 
Film Editing by
Lasse Jarvi 
Production Management
Justin Cronkite .... unit production manager
Gus Gill .... assistant production manager
Katie Kennedy .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Dziura .... second unit director
Art Department
Steve Zeitzoff .... designer: logo
Steve Zeitzoff .... graphic designer
Sound Department
Kevin Burke .... sound re-recording mixer
Alex Chu .... sound editor
Lasse Jarvi .... sound editor (as Lasse Järvi)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dustin Aksland .... still photographer: San Francisco
Carlos Battis .... still photographer: L.A.
Mario N. Bonassin .... gaffer (as Mario Bonassin)
Mario N. Bonassin .... lighting: L.A.
Jim Dziura .... director of photography: second unit
Jim Dziura .... gaffer
Jim Dziura .... lighting: San Francisco
Chris Emmanouilides .... additional camera operator (as Chris Emmanoulides)
Chris Glancy .... still photographer: New York City
Rafael Henin .... still photographer: Philadelphia
Lasse Jarvi .... additional camera operator (as Lasse Järvi)
Richard P. Ulivella .... gaffer: New York/Philadelphia (as Richard Ulivella)
Editorial Department
Michael Gossen .... colorist
Michael Gossen .... on-line editor
Gem McLaughlin .... associate editor
Chad Stewart .... associate on-line editor
Music Department
Candice Brown .... music supervisor
DJ Z-Trip .... composer: theme music
Other crew
Jennielyn Abrot .... assistant to producer
Justin Cronkite .... coordinator
Adule Epao .... assistant to producer
Roger Gastman .... research consultant
Roger Gastman .... source: photographs
Daniel Gonzales .... production assistant: L.A.
George Hirsch .... source: photographs
Peku Karu .... pilot
Julianna Leskie .... production assistant: San Francisco
Jamerson Morris .... production assistant: New York City
Tim Pray .... coordinator
Jake Smith .... production assistant: New York City
Tony Smyrski .... source: photographs
Roy Tesfay .... financial supervisor (as Roy B. Tesfay)
Silvia Vigano .... assistant to producer
Misha Zubarev .... production assistant: Philadelphia (as Michael Zubarev)
Russo Anastasio .... very special thanks
Allison Binder .... very special thanks
Lorrie Boula .... very special thanks
Ty Briscoe .... very special thanks
Jack Dangers .... very special thanks
Eddie Donaldson .... very special thanks
Casey Eklips .... very special thanks
Zevan Frostad .... very special thanks
Gus Gill .... very special thanks
Tricia Halloran .... very special thanks
Mohra Johnson .... very special thanks
Ville Järvi .... very special thanks
Brian Knappenberger .... very special thanks
Rae Leah .... very special thanks
Michael K. Lewis .... in memory of
Adam Lorick .... very special thanks
Rameen Mansour .... very special thanks
Caleb Neelson .... very special thanks
Diana Rathe Pray .... very special thanks (as Diana Pray)
Darin Rowland .... very special thanks
Ruben Salazar .... very special thanks
Tony Smyrski .... very special thanks
Sonja Teri .... very special thanks
Cheyenne Tesfay .... very special thanks
Mckenna Tesfay .... very special thanks
Derek Thorn .... very special thanks
Peter Varaday .... very special thanks
Sebastion Wecer .... very special thanks
Jennifer Westfall .... very special thanks

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Additional Details

Rated R for language throughout
91 min

Did You Know?

As himself:You get a kid, and you bust him in his school for graffiti; and you think you got him in trouble. When actuality what you just did was made him a hero in front of his peers. Now he's big time; now he's hardcore; you add validity to him.See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Finally had my mind blown!!, 30 December 2007
Author: Rabieshot from United States

I love this film so much, I show everyone I meet who knows anything about the culture, but you can learn a lot if you've never seen a graff film before or ever wondered what the people running the show were really like. This is not to say that this is the end all be all of graff movies, but it's a really good representation of some of the most INFLUENTIAL individuals still in the game.

Huge props to Pray and Gastman and the cameramen on taking the risk for their own film, I'm sure one or more investigations resulted from the making... Hopefully nothing too severe. It is a big deal for a writer to show their face, people must recognize.

This movie helped me understand more of what I love about graff so much, the HONESTY of the art form above all else.

It goes into daily life with each person not holding much back, esp. the openly PROUD/ strong/black/and homosexual earsnot setting an example to speak your mind, (which more people should follow), the personality traits/flaws of writers (Their egos, their gregariousness, impulses, non apologetic behavior, etc), their artistic motivations (whether it be in evolving their graffiti further, to their fine art to fashion to tattooing to sketching), what its like to live in a rough hood and be stereotyped (LOS ANGELES, NY, etc), dealing with other people's expectations including your peers and your parents)...

For a movie shot in a lot of illegal locations, the cinematography/lighting/technicalities was amazing. It takes BIG BALLS, great amounts of trust I'm sure, and a passion for art to make something like this... can't wait for the next project!

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