Screening at Norwood: Puzzles: When Hate Came to Town
Join us for this LGBT Pride Month screening of the provocative film Puzzles: When Hate Comes to Town, by Tami Gold and David Pavlosky. It's part of NYWIFT's continuing series of films at the Norwood Club.
In the post-industrial city of New Bedford, MA, an 18 year-old entered a gay and lesbian bar named Puzzles and attacked its patrons with a hatchet and gun. As a result, two very different communities have been threatened: disaffected white youths, who call themselves Juggalos — followers of the Detroit-based white-rap band Insane Clown Posse — as well as the drag performers and closeted working class gay men and lesbians who frequent the bar, a vibrant but fragile oasis in their lives.
Puzzles charts the journeys of these divergent groups in the wake of the violence. Along the way, the film reveals the deep alienation that many American youth experience, as well as the abiding need for family.
Tami Gold is a documentary filmmaker and the recipient of fellowships from Rockefeller, Guggenheim, New Jersey and New York State Councils on the Arts. She also received an Excellence in the Arts Award from the Manhattan Borough President. She directed Passionate Politics, a documentary about Charlotte Bunch, an outspoken lesbian feminist trailblazer, which was broadcast on PBS. She co-directed the PBS special RFK in the Land of Apartheid, a documentary about Robert Kennedy's visit to South Africa. In 2004, Tami produced and directed (with Kelly Anderson) Every Mother's Son, winner of the Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award and broadcast on the PBS series POV.
David Pavlosky is an independent director, producer, editor and educator. His work covers a wide range of subjects, but themes of social justice and human relations are common themes. Recent works include: Passionate Politics (co-producer with director Tami Gold, 2011); Don't Bring Scott (director/producer, 2010); and Rosa's Story (director, 2009). Pavlosky is currently in production on Stand Up, Stand Out (director/producer) a documentary project that features three decades of LGBTQ stand-up comedians telling their stories through interview and performance. He studied with Martin Scorsese and Abbas Kiarostami at the Marrakech/Tribeca Filmmaker Exchange Program.
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Last updated: May. 28, 2013