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Filmmakers

“Young Turks” filmmakers Stephen Seemayer, left, and Pamela Wilson with their son and associate producer, Zach Seemayer.

Don Gewelke — with his daughter Lisa and friend Phil — came from New York for the screening.

Don Gewelke — with his daughter Lisa and friend Phil — came from New York for the screening.

“Young Turks” screened at the United Film Festival Los Angeles on Monday night (April 29, 2013), and a good time was had by all. Several lucky members of the audience tweeted to win “Young Turks” T-shirts and Party Boys CDs.

Filmmakers Pamela Wilson and Stephen Seemayer followed the screening with a lively and revealing question-and-answer led by festival host Sal Rodriguez. They talked about living downtown in the 1970s and ’80s.

Rodriguez commented on Seemayer’s inclusion of several homeless people as counterpoint to the interviews with downtown artists that make up the bulk of the documentary.

Tony discusses life on the streets of downtown L.A.

Tony discusses life on the streets of downtown L.A.

Rodriguez was struck by the intimacy and frankness Seemayer was able to evoke from Tony, Schlitz and the others, who all lived in the alleys and vacant lots surrounding the Young Turks’ studios. Seemayer explained his decision to include them in the fabric of the film: “These guys were all around our lofts and studios, and we got to know them. If you think about it, the only difference between us and them was a couple of months rent.”

After Rodriguez commented that “Young Turks” is a remarkable, educational document of a vital art scene and era not widely acknowledged by a lot of cultural institutions, Wilson talked about plans for the future of “Young Turks,” saying the next step is to get it released on DVD and into the film collections of museums and universities.

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