Local Screening Scheduled For Young Turks Film

Image of Cenk Uygur

Mad As Hell, a documentary film outlining the creation of the revolutionary digital network The Young Turks has been scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 screening at Oklahoma City’s Quail Springs Mall 24 theater.

People can reserve and/or purchase their $10 tickets through the Gathr Films site here. A minimum number of ticket reservations and purchases is necessary for the screening to happen. No one will be charged, however, if the quota isn’t met.

I’m helping to bring attention to this event because The Young Turks network has truly revolutionized the digital news and video entertainment industry through the numerous avant-garde shows that appear on its Internet site. Founded by Cenk Uygur, pictured right, the network anticipated the growing viewer transition from traditional television channels to Internet-based video platforms, such as Hulu and YouTube.

Uygur hosts the network’s flagship program, also named The Young Turks. Overall, according to its site, the network receives more than 68 million page views per month.

Jay Hansen, a local representative of The Young Turks, said Uygur has expressed an interest in attending and speaking at all the film’s screenings throughout the country, and that it’s likely he will attend the one in Oklahoma City if it happens.

The Young Turks site presents an American Heritage Dictionary to help define its name and mission:

1. Young progressive or insurgent member of an institution, movement, or political party.

2. Young person who rebels against authority or societal expectations.

One of Uygur’s missions, for example, is to help reform campaign financing laws because of “money’s damaging influence on our government.”

Mad As Hell focuses on the struggles Uygur endured while creating his show and the network. Here's a trailer for the film.