"PUZZLES When Hate Came to Town" tells the story of a hate crime in a LGBTQ bar called Puzzles Lounge in New Bedford, MA when a teenager entered and brutally attacked its patrons. PUZZLES explores the correlation between economic hardship and homophobia, intolerance, and, ultimately,violence.
In the wake of the devastating attack at the LGBTQ nightclub PULSE in
Orlando, Florida, killing 49 patrons, this documentary is particularly important as it asks hard questions and frames the connection between hate crimes and extremist ideologies and the increase in hate violence against LGBTQ communities.
"PUZZLES is a deeply human exploration of the roots of hate violence and how a horrendous crime becomes a catalyst for a community to reach out for greater understanding and connection."
Barbara Abrash Ė NYU
Produced and Directed by Tami Gold and David Pavlosky
Edited by Harry Kafka
© PUZZLES FILMS LLC
53 minutes, color, DVD.
DAVID PAVLOSKY is an independent multimedia producer, director, editor, and educator based in New York City. Recently completed works include: PUZZLES: When Hate Came to Town (director with Tami Gold), a feature length documentary about a Neo-Nazi hate crime offender and his victims in one small American city; Passionate Politics: The Life and Work of Charlotte Bunch (co-producer), and Donít Bring Scott (director/producer). David's current work in progress Stand Up, Stand Out tells the story of a unique brand of activism where three gay teachersí fight for equal rights during the Gay Liberation Movement of the 1970s, led to the blossoming of the Valencia Rose Cabaret. David received his MFA Degree in Integrated Media Arts, and his BA in Media Arts from Hunter College. He studied with Martin Scorsese and Abbas Kiarostami in the Tribeca Filmmaker Exchange Program in Marrakech where he completed Crossroads, which screened at the Tribeca Film Festival.
TAMI GOLD is a professor at Hunter College, a filmmaker, visual artist and public speaker. Her work has consistently been at the forefront of social justice, focusing on racism, gender and sexual identity. For over 20 years Tami has produced and directed award-winning documentaries -- PUZZLES: When Hate Came to Town (with David Pavlosky), a documentary about a hate crime in a LGBTQ bar; RFK IN THE LAND OF APARTHEID; OUT AT WORK Lesbian and Gay Men on the Job; JUGGLING GENDER Politics, Sex and Identity; PASSIONATE POLITICS The Life and Work of Charlotte Bunch; ANOTHER BROTHER and EVERY MOTHERíS SON (with Kelly Anderson). Her films have reached audiences near and far, airing on PBS, HBO and on television in Nigeria, South Africa, Germany, France, Turkey, Serbia, Russia, Mexico, Lagos and Vietnam. Tami has presented her films and has been a guest speaker at the MOMA, the Whitney, The Chicago Arts Institute, The Kennedy Center, the American and British Film Institutes, Sundance, Tribeca and The New York Film Festival and in over 150 film festivals worldwide. She is recipient of Rockefeller and Guggenheim fellowships.