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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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James Bolton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 2006 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

This Kid Bolton Levy See more »

Filming Locations:

Portland, Oregon, USA See more »

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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haunting & stirring
9 August 2004 | by christophercySee all my reviews

Normally i would dismiss this type of film as an arty farty snore feast, but the director has created a world with little dialogue and a questioning plot...i found myself questioning characters like no film before, and was awash with conflicting emotions of wanting to both mother Rapture (brilliantly played by Ruben Bonsie Shellman) and marry him!...the films soundtrack and visuals create an impressive doco drama canvas that perplexed me with it's subtle power...living in a city it's all street scape that is familiar yet distant, and Graffiti artist yielded a welcomed insight...after watching this brilliant film i found myself desperately wanting a hug and will always ponder the artist behind graffiti i encounter...please see.


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