UMass Dartmouth to Host Regional Premiere of New Documentary "Puzzles: When Hate Came To Town"

Film Details 2006 Tragic LGBT Hate Crime at Puzzles Lounge in New Bedford

UMass Dartmouth will host the regional premiere of the new documentary, "Puzzles: When Hate Came To Town", Wednesday, October 16, at 6 p.m. at UMass Dartmouth's Frederick Douglass Unity House. The film, co-directed by award-winning and nationally recognized documentary filmmaker Tami Gold, outlines the tragic events surrounding the February 2006 LGBT hate crime at the Puzzles Lounge in New Bedford. A man armed with a gun and a hatchet burst into the Puzzles Lounge, a popular gay bar in New Bedford's North End, brutally attacking three patrons.  The attack sent a shock wave through the LGBT community and its allies. "Puzzles" explores the aftermath of this tragedy and the interconnectedness between LGBT and American culture. 

Both filmmakers will be present at the screening. Tami Gold is the recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations, the New Jersey and New York State Councils on the Arts, Excellence in the Arts Award from the Manhattan Borough President. She directed "Passionate Politics" a documentary about Charlotte Bunch, an outspoken lesbian feminist trailblazer, broadcast on PBS in 2012. She directed, with Larry Shore, 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.  She is a professor at Hunter College, City University of NY. 

David Pavlosky is an independent multimedia producer, director, editor, and educator based in New York City. His work covers a wide range of subjects, combining the art of the visual medium with an investigation of social issues, examining topics such as lesbian and gay identity and history, humor, and gay oppression. 

Associate Professor of Anthropology Lisa Maya Knauer will introduce the film and moderate a discussion afterwards, which will include the filmmakers and UMass Dartmouth students . The screening is sponsored by UMass Dartmouth's Center for Women, Gender & Sexuality, Sociology and Anthropology Department, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Department, Pride Alliance and the Frederick Douglass Unity House. 

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