Tami Gold is a professor at Hunter College, a filmmaker, writer and visual artist. Her films have consistently been at the forefront of social justice, focusing on issues of race, gender, sexual identity, labor and the role of police in the United States. They have reached audiences near and far, airing on PBS, HBO and on television in Nigeria, South Africa, Germany, France, Turkey, Serbia, Lagos and Vietnam. Her work has also screened 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. Most recently, Tami was a contributing author of Think/Point/Shoot: Media Ethics, Technology and Global Change (Focal Press 2017). Think/Point/Shoot gives students a thorough overview of the role of ethics in modern media creation.
In 2014, Tami was selected (with Sha Sha Feng) to exhibit a work-in-progress of an art installation entitled SURVELLANCE: Silence = Death at the (e)merge Art Fair in Washington, DC. In addition, she was invited to present the concept and philosophy of this art piece on the panel: CONNECT: SOCIAL PRACTICE presented by The Washington Post.
Also in 2014, Tami completed the documentary PUZZLES: When Hate Came to Town (with David Pavlosky). This film tells the story of a violent hate crime in a LGBT bar and explores the connection between joblessness, homophobia, intolerance, and, ultimately, violence. In the same year Tami received a fellowship from PARC and traveled throughout the West Bank, Palestine. Based on this experience she produced Palestine 2014 Life Under Israeli Occupation – acollection of her photography and writings, which was exhibited at museums in New York City and Mexico.
In 2011 Tami directed PASSIONATE POLITICS a documentary about Charlotte Bunch, an outspoken lesbian feminist trailblazer, charismatic builder of bridges and author of the transformative concept that Women’s Rights are Human Rights, aired on PBS and on TV stations through Africa, Latin America and Europe. Tami was invited to direct (with Larry Shore) RFK IN THE LAND OF APARTHEID: A Ripple of Hope, a documentary about Robert Kennedy’s visit to South Africa in 1966 and the connection between the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, Prime Time Broadcast on PBS in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Tami has been studying and teaching different popular movements and in 2006, she produced and directed a video report about the popular struggle in Oaxaca, Mexico, LAND RAIN AND FIRE (with Gerardo Renique), which aired internationally in Turkey, Korea and on free Speech TV and on Spanish language TV. She then authored a companion article about the role of media in this struggle – A RAINBOW IN THE MIDST OF A HURRICANE (Radical Teacher 2008).
Issues of aggressive policing have been central to Tami’s organizing work. In 2004, she
produced and directed EVERY MOTHER’S SON (with Kelly Anderson), which profiles three mothers whose sons were killed by the NYPD and unexpectedly find themselves united to seek justice and transform their grief into an opportunity for profound social change. The film won the Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award, was nominated for an EMMY and broadcast on the PBS series POV. She has been on WABC and PBS addressing Stop and Frisk and other related issues. Currently EVERY MOTHER’S SON is streaming over POV/PBS and is being screening throughout the United States.
In 2000, Tami traveled to Vietnam, the Czech Republic and China researching the role of giant tobacco multi nationals on public health. The result of this work is the documentary MAKING A KILLING (with Kelly Anderson); a documentary that addresses the marketing practices of the tobacco industry in the developing world. MAKING A KILLING premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival, was screened for delegates at the World Health Organization and aired in Nigeria, Serbia, Lagos and Vietnam.
Tami’s other films include: ANOTHER BROTHER, the story of an African American Vietnam Veteran nationally broadcast over PBS; JUGGLING GENDER: Politics, Sex and Identity, screened at the New York Film Festival’s video series; OUT AT WORK: Lesbians and Gay men on the Job, screened at the Sundance Film Festival and was shown on HBO and authored a companion article MAKING OUT AT WORK (Social Text – Routledge); SIGNED SEALED AND DELIVERED, Labor Struggle in the Post Office, aired on PBS and LOOKING FOR LOVE: Teenage Mothers.
This event will be moderated by Film lab Industry Spotlight and Shootout Coordinator Renee Lasher. Born and raised in New York City, Renee attended the LaGuardia High School of Music and the Arts and received her BA in theatre from Stockton University. She hold an MFA in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College, and spent 18 years in the not-for-profit theatre industry as a House Manager, drama teacher, arts education curriculum developer, Business Manager, and union contract negotiator. She is currently Coordinator of Contact Administration for the Professional Staff Congress, the union that represents the faculty and administrative staff of the City University of New York. Renee is also a volunteer member member of the Blue Hill Troupe, a charitable theatre group, a Board Member of the Astoria Performing Arts Center, and a former member of the Disability in Entertainment and the Arts Link committee of the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts.