Seemayer Studios presents a new documentary, now in production, about the American Hotel in downtown Los Angeles and the Arts District that surrounds it. Since 1979, the American Hotel has been the beating heart of a rich community of artists who began moving into the deserted factory buildings between Alameda and the Los Angeles River.
As postproduction continues in 2016, the filmmakers will update progress and post video samples of what to expect from "Tales of the American."
Bassist Mike Watt is a singer/songwriter and co-founder of the bands the Minutemen, Dos and Firehose. He has also written several rock operas, including one about falling ill while playing at Al's Bar. "I got sick before that," he says, "but Al's is where I got the symptoms, so it's memorable for me."