PUZZLES When Hate Came to Town
Documentary by Tami Gold and David Pavlosky

Queer cinema = Queer liberation! 

Both Tami Gold and David Pavlosky have been at the forefront of LGBTQ documentary filmmaking for years. As artists and activists they inspire students with humor and hard hitting lectures.

Our liberation must be celebrated but our work is not over.  

With the increase in hate crimes directed at the LGBTQ communities Tami and David are screening their film PUZZLES When Hate Came to Town as a powerful conversation starter. PUZZLES tells the story of a hate crime in a LGBTQ bar called Puzzles Lounge in New Bedford, MA when a teenager brutally attacked its patrons. 

In the wake of the devastating attack at the LGBTQ nightclub PULSE in Orlando, Florida this documentary along with Tami and David’s dynamic presentation asks hard questions and frames the connection between hate crimes and extremist ideologies and the increase in hate violence against LGBTQ communities.

Their films crystallize the growth of queer experiences from juggling gender to queer stand up comics and coming out in a working-class family --- always creating space for healing and to honestly and bravely undo the grips of homophobia. 

We are in a moment of truly unprecedented opportunity. 

Tami and David love their queerness and bring this commitment and joy to all their presentations! 

Introduction to film (10 minutes)
Screening the film (53 minutes)
Post screening discussion about film (30 minutes)
Discussion and take aways focusing on collective  action (30 minutes)


  • College workshops and lectures about Queer families, sex, gender, and justice!!!
  • Educational classes
  • Media Studies classes

Tami & David are also available to present their other films at your campus. 

We who believe in freedom can not rest! 

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 Don’t 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 teachers’ 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, 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 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 APARTHEIDOUT AT WORK Lesbian and Gay Men on the JobJUGGLING GENDER Politics, Sex and Identity; PASSIONATE POLITICS The Life and Work of Charlotte Bunch; ANOTHER BROTHER andEVERY MOTHER’S 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. She 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.


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
Center for Media, Culture and History – NYU

PUZZLES is…about as complete, poignant, and meaningful a story of hate and its consequences...”
Lee Liberman, Truth Movies Review

PUZZLES serves as a catalyst for discussions ranging from anti homophobia and bullying to gender relations, coming out and the challenges of working class families in America.
Lance T. McCready, Associate Professor of
Urban Education, University of Toronto

A brilliant documentary, whose strength is not only in the captivating story it tells, but in the way that it is told--by the citizens themselves. In their own words those on both sides of this tragedy take us directly into the world of those changed by hate.”
Prof. Brian Levin
Director, Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism
California State University, San Bernardino
Remarkable and important documentary!  It’s unique in its ability to provide such access into the world of a Neo-Nazi hate crime offender and simultaneously the world of his victims. PUZZLES vividly portrays the fear and anxiety that these crimes generate in members of the targeted community, in this case the LGBT community.
Jack McDevitt
Associate Dean and Director
Institute on Race and Justice Northeastern University

Excellent documentary for use in education, sociology and LGBT and Gender Studies
Lance T. McCready, 
Associate Professor of Urban Education, 
University of Toronto

Timely! PUZZLES brings many crucial issues together in a tight, compelling way. Economic desperation, racism, intolerance, scapegoating, and violence--what a toxic American mix.
Pam Sporn
High School Teacher

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