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American Indian Graffiti: This Thing Life (2003)

AMERICAN INDIAN GRAFFITI: THIS THING, LIFE is an ensemble drama about four Native Americans whose lives intertwine with one another, taking place over one summer. STEPHANIE, a recent high ... See full summary »


Tvli Jacob, Steven Judd


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Terri Poahway ... Stephanie
Richard Ray Whitman Richard Ray Whitman ... Barry (as Richard Whitman)
Randi LeClair Randi LeClair ... Rachael
Steven Judd Steven Judd ... Steve
Raven Lockwood ... A'an
Yvonne Russo ... Deedra
Kimberly Guerrero ... Aunt Kay (as Kimberly Norris Guerrero)
Geoffrey Betts Geoffrey Betts ... Andre
Brian Frejo Brian Frejo ... Mike
Greg Bossier Greg Bossier ... Docto
Kaycee Clark Kaycee Clark ... Waitress #1
Kimberly Cochran Kimberly Cochran ... A'an's mom
Katrina Cook ... Waitress #2
Mary Davis Mary Davis ... Mom
Chris Freihofer ... Antwoine


AMERICAN INDIAN GRAFFITI: THIS THING, LIFE is an ensemble drama about four Native Americans whose lives intertwine with one another, taking place over one summer. STEPHANIE, a recent high school graduate, has been rejected by the colleges she dreams of attending. To make matters worse, she learns her mother tried to abort her when she was born. With this new knowledge, she struggles to overcome her lifelong feelings of guilt and rejection. RACHEL, Stephanie's best friend, learns that her life plans are not taking the path she desires, and her friendship with Stephanie has become severed. Because of these things, she believes there's nothing to help her overcome the pain and agony she feels from the death of her mother and brother, not realizing that her refuge is in finding forgiveness for the man who caused their death. STEVE, at the age of twenty-three, has become a famous artist. All of his life's dreams have come true, causing him confusion and fear of not having any more goals. ... Written by steven judd

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It's about this thing life. It's a story about these things: friendships that falter, dreams that come true, families that fall apart, and the struggle to survive. It's about this thing, life.



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Norman, Oklahoma, USA


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$6,000 (estimated)
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Although the budget was listed at $6,000, there was no budget. Steven Judd sold a Jim Thorpe football card on eBay for $700 and he did a medical experiment that paid $1,800. That was the starting budget, anything that came up was paid for as was need. The two most expensive one-time payments were the computer tower ($1,000) and an original score ($2,000). Once the movie was edited, the total cost were added up including computer and score and it totaled around $6,000. See more »

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17 May 2004 | by okla_m26See all my reviews

Saw this movie at a test screening. Finally, a movie that shows Native Americans in a contemporary setting. there were some sound problems, but overall a wonderful experience. If you liked Smoke Signals, you will like this film. The movie is 4 stories that go back and forth and at some points over lap. The movie opens in a cemetery where two girls, have fallen asleep. The other story is about a friendship between a Mechanic and a little girl. and the 3rd story is about an artist, who has lost his inspiration. I felt the strongest story was one about the mechanic. It could be a movie all by its self. I enjoyed this movie and cant wait to see what they will do next.

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