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Late Nite With the Young Turks

Associate producer Zach Seemayer, director Stephen Seemayer and editor Pamela Wilson at the Downtown Independent.

Associate producer Zach Seemayer, director Stephen Seemayer and editor Pamela Wilson at the Downtown Independent.

As part of the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles, two films were screened last night (July 18) that each present a specific time period in the history of L.A.’s urban core.

A great audience stuck around until the wee hours to watch “Young Turks” at the Downtown Independent, followed by a Q & A with filmmakers Pamela Wilson, the editor and co-producer of “Young Turks,” and Jeffrey Gee Chin, who directed the short film “Lil Tokyo Reporter,” which screened prior to “Young Turks.”

Chris Tashima, left, stars as crusading newsman Sei Fujii in "Lil Tokyo Reporter."

Chris Tashima, left, stars as crusading newsman Sei Fujii in “Lil Tokyo Reporter.”

Whereas “Young Turks,” directed by Stephen Seemayer, is a lively documentary about his life and artist friends living in downtown lofts circa 1980, “Lil Tokyo Reporter,” a 30-minute narrative film, is set in 1935 and tells the story of crusading Japanese newsman Sei Fujii (played by Chris Tashima) and his efforts to rid Little Tokyo of unsavory elements that were exacerbating pre-war racial intemperance toward the Asian-American community in the neighborhood surrounding City Hall.

The evening provided two very different yet intriguing slices of history in the life of Downtown Los Angeles.

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