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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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The film makes didn't own a video camera or a computer to edit on when the started production. The borrowed the camera, a Canon XL1, and had enough money to by a tower but did have money for a monitor. They found one in Steven Judd's roommate's closet from a computer he had back in 1989. The screen was blury, but was suitable to use to edit on. See more »

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A movie to share with family and friends.
24 September 2004 | by saintmojoSee all my reviews

My viewing of American Indian Graffiti was at the Comanche Film Festival in Lawton, OK. My preconceived opinions were mixed because I heard it was good and I heard it was an obvious first movie. While viewing and afterward, I was only concerned with the strength of the characters. The movie was deeply emotional if you allow yourself to be absorbed by these well-played roles. I am Native American, but I see this movie as relating to any people. It covers the generation gap with the part of the story about being young and the commencement into life after school. It also covers the rebirth that people can find in a later stage of life through the lives of children. The importance of friendship and family was addressed through realistic issues and romantic hardships were depicted as well. Although this may be a "low-budget" movie, I don't see that as any concern for enjoying the film. The production of the movie was so well done that it allowed the story to really shine through. I give my congratulations to all the people involved with the making of this movie. It is a film I would like to share with friends and family alike.

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