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American Indian Graffiti: This Thing Life ()


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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 more »

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Stephanie
Richard Ray Whitman ...
Barry (as Richard Whitman)
Randi LeClair ...
Rachael
Steven Judd ...
Steve
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A'an
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Deedra
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Aunt Kay (as Kimberly Norris Guerrero)
Geoffrey Betts ...
Andre
Brian Frejo ...
Mike
Greg Bossier ...
Docto
Kaycee Clark ...
Waitress #1
Kimberly Cochran ...
A'an's mom
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Waitress #2
Mary Davis ...
Mom
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Antwoine
Velinda Godfrey ...
Jessica
Ralph Goin ...
Walt
Drew Hooper ...
Drew
Matt Callalay ...
Boy in hearse
Justin Nimmo ...
Brad Pitt
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Frank
Deidra Saunty ...
Stephanie's real mom
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June
Jimmy Snyder ...
Dave, bartender
Patrick Stewart ...
Ofi, bar patron
Deedra Tainpeah ...
Stephanie's sister
Irene Tiger ...
Grandma
Justin Yahola ...
Mase, bar patron
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Party Guy #1
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alyssa Joy Cook ...
Girl Catching Duck
Cody Cook ...
Boy Chasing Ducks
Drew Cook ...
Boy in Park
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Aunt Joyce (as Ivette Gonzalez)
Katherine Lock ...
Alice Liddell
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Park Patron
Lucinda Poahway ...
Mary

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Tvli Jacob
Steven Judd

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Tvli Jacob ... (writer)
 
Steven Judd ... (writer)

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Tvli Jacob ... executive producer
Steven Judd ... executive producer

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Nathan M. Johnson

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Drew Hooper
Sunrise Tippeconnie

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Drew Hooper

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Katrina Cook

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Paul Snyder ... storyboard artist

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Kendall Lock ... boom operator

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Kathy Peltier ... script supervisor

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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. These feelings affect his creativity, causing him to be blocked. With his dilemma, he pushes those who love him away, not realizing that having your dreams come true may not be the thing you need in this world but more importantly, it's love. BARRY has lived the majority of his life with the guilt of causing two deaths in a drunk driving accident. Isolating himself, he finds comfort in his loneliness. But only through the unlikely friendship of an eight-year-old girl can he gain redemption and happiness. Written by steven judd

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Taglines 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. See more »
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  • American Indian Graffiti: This Thing Life (United States)
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Budget $6,000 (estimated)

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Trivia 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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