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The Graffiti Artist (2004)

Adrift in a lush, nocturnal urban landscape, Nick is a post-modern urban hero asserting his anarchistic agenda on the endless maze of virgin exterior walls that comprise downtown Seattle ... See full summary »

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James Bolton

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Ruben Bansie Ruben Bansie ... Nick (as Ruben Bansie-Snellman)
Pledgure Duoshun Pledgure Duoshun ... Hardware Stock Clerk
Zachary S. Smalls Zachary S. Smalls ... Police Officer #1
Robert D. Heath Jr. ... Police Officer #2
Rich Clemets Rich Clemets ... Booking Officer
Rich Carlton Rich Carlton ... Skate Shop Clerk
Pepper Fajans Pepper Fajans ... Jesse
Daniel Parker Daniel Parker ... Boy at Burnside Skate Park
Luke Cook ... Boy at Burnside Skate Park
Dan Stegner Dan Stegner ... Boy at Burnside Skate Park
Justin Lawrence Justin Lawrence ... Undercover Cop #1
John Paulson John Paulson ... Undercover Cop #2
Megan Johnston Megan Johnston ... Smoothie Shop Girl
Don Connell Don Connell ... Hardware Store Clerk
Angie Golds Angie Golds ... End Police Officer #2
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Adrift in a lush, nocturnal urban landscape, Nick is a post-modern urban hero asserting his anarchistic agenda on the endless maze of virgin exterior walls that comprise downtown Seattle and Portland. For writer/director Bolton's lonely "tagger" protagonist, the vast wall surfaces of deserted alleys and trainyards are at once a daunting symbol of capitalist oppression and a texturally rich, seamless tableau ripe for exploitation to amplify his artistic dialectic of anger and rebellion. His own virtually anonymous existence seemingly only secondary to the painted surfaces and "rupture the system" manifesto which more poignantly evidence his presence, Nick's prodigious solo graffiti output is interrupted by friendship with another young tagger. Their communication begins as less verbal than a kind of shared graphic tour de force; their enormous collaborative graffiti murals appear to emerge as the unmistakable offspring of their kindred spirit. But eventually their assumptions about one... Written by Bill Dose

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Nick was apparently busted twice in Portland, the second time being remanded to juvenile detention. But we see him leaving detention in Seattle, not Portland. See more »

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There´s a Nick in all of us!
1 April 2004 | by matthias-maercksSee all my reviews

I saw the graffiti artist during the Berlin Film Festival ´04 next to a plenty of other movies but this one staid on my mind. Like only few movies it really made me think, and this is probably the biggest compliment you can make. Don´t think this only a movie for people that like graffiti, although I loved the graffiti aspect as it shows it the way it deserves, as a real art form. This alone is a reason to see it, but the movie goes deeper, it dares to ask questions, questions that are valid to everybody, questions that should be asked more often. The movie gives you a rare seen undistorted image of an anonymous society and the need and importance for an individual to express itself. In this way Nick represents all our hopes and fears. On the one hand he does what everybody wants, he does what he loves without compromises, but on the other hand he has to pay an enormous price for it. He shows that a self-determined life is possible and refuses to adapt to common structures consistently, but therefore he is confronted in the hardest way with the coldness that marks our society so strong and that we fear so much. Maybe this movie tells the story of a teenager, but above all it deals with general problems, and I was fascinated of the intensity that is created. This I think depends on another big strength of the movie, the fact that it never looks down on his protagonists but treats them with the necessary respect all the time. Therefore go and look out for this movie, I promise you won´t regret. I also have to say I really enjoyed the fact that the movie was filmed with digital cameras. It really improved it and in addition to the great acting of the young protagonists it creates an extremely true, personal picture, never looking cheap. A absolute highlight!


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19 January 2006 (Germany) See more »

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