Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

THE GRAFFITI ARTIST

Year: 2004
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 89 minutes

Although they throw a lot of words up on walls, the elusive taggers haunting the trainyards and back alleys of Portland and Seattle have little to say ? to each other or anyone else. In this almost wordless film, world-weary Nick, a solitary street kid, spends his nights claiming walls with his tag name, ?Rupture.? When he meets Jesse, his hermetic life changes. Jesse?s also a tagger, but he?s white, lives off money his mother sends him, doesn?t steal, and has his eye on gallery fame. His tag is ?Flip,? and for awhile, these man-boys make some mean pieces by moonlight. But something intervenes ? an attraction with an equal repulsion, and the obvious differences between them. Nick?s in trouble with the law, while Jesse stays clean. James Bolton?s spare film is a lyrical visual poem. A hypnotic score and excellent cinematography drive this film from subculture feature to something approaching poignancy.

Screenplay
James Bolton

Director
James Bolton

Producer
James Bolton

Cinematography
Sarah Levy

Editing
Elizabeth Edwards

Principal Cast
Ruben Bansie-Snellman, Pepper Fajans

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