Event Details

Young Turks

Time: February 20, 2013 at 2:30pm to February 28, 2013 at 4:30pm
Location: Downtown Independent
Street: 251 S Main St.
City/Town: Los Angeles, CA
Website or Map: http://www.downtownindependen…
Phone: 213-617-1033
Event Type: screening
Organized By: Downtown Independent
Latest Activity: Feb 26, 2013

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**World Premiere at the DTI Feb 8th, 2013**

The 95-minute documentary by filmmakers Stephen Seemayer and Pamela Wilson is an irreverent and intimate snapshot of a vital art scene that existed amid the mean streets of L.A.’s urban core in the 1970s and ’80s.

Showtimes (Feb 20th-Feb 28st)
Extended Run In The MikroKino**

Weds, Feb 20th: 4:30pm, 6:30pm
Thurs, Feb 21st: 4:30pm, 6:30pm
Fri, Feb 22nd: 6:30pm
Mon, Feb 25th: 4:30pm
Tue, Feb 26th: 4:30pm
Wed, Feb 27th: 3:00pm
Thur, Feb 29th: 3:00pm



Art critic Hunter Drohojowska, writing about Stephen Seemayer‘s “Young Turks” in the L.A. Weekly in 1981, called the rough-cut verson “a kaleidoscopic melange of Hollywood’s B-movie corn, bizarre underground existence and a few naked truths.”

“Artists are portrayed earnestly explaining their work in one scene,” Drohojowska wrote, “and participating in some hallucinogenic madness in the next.”

While the film about art and life in downtown L.A. circa 1980 has been fully digitized and reedited by Pamela Wilson, the filmmakers have attempted to maintain the energetic quality noted by Drohojowska while giving some structure to the “inherent irony and absurd juxtapositions.”

“It’s a rare art movie that can keep me awake for two hours, but this one manages,” Drohojowska wrote, citing the original rough-cut’s length. (The newly edited version is a fast-paced 95 minutes.) “For one thing, the editing is riotous, crowded with consciously trite, humorous special-effects techniques. … All of this is entertaining and decorative, so if the movie is somewhat self-indulgent, at least it isn’t dull.”

“Everything about ‘Young Turks’ strikes me as something of an L.A. phenomenon,” Drohojowska wrote. “It’s an extremely personal work, more about a lifestyle than art. It remains, nonetheless, a valid document, because it shows how the art created was so intimately involved in the style of life led.”

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