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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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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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Well Written, Well Acted, and True to Life
26 May 2004 | by chrismendozaSee all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to see a test screening of this movie in North Dakota. I was very impressed with what I saw. Too often in the past, Indians have been wrongly portrayed in cinema. We are either seen as a drunk who begs for money, or as this noble mystic or shaman who can solve all the world's answers with one ceremony.

It is refreshing to see a filmmaker who portrays indians as they should be, as PEOPLE. People with dreams and ideas and struggles and hopes and feelings. Just like everyone else. We are human. We want to live the American dream, we worry about relationships, we have to deal with tragedies, we have issues, like everyone else

This film was able to bring out the human element in the Indian community, something that as been sorely missing in previous cinematic attempts. A fine film. Anyone who loves good cinema, should check this movie out.

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Norman, Oklahoma, USA


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$6,000 (estimated)
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