Filmmaker and writer about gay and lesbian issues and the AIDS crisis, born June 1, 1954
and died from the complications of AIDS on May 7, 1991. With Jane Lippman, he produced
and directed "Rights and Reactions: Lesbian and Gay Rights on Trial," an award-winning
documentary covering the 1986 New York City Council hearings on the gay rights bill.
Zwickler collaborated with David Wojnarowicz to produce "Fear of Disclosure," a short
film about the issues gay men face dating in the context of AIDS. Zwickler also worked
with experimental German film maker, Rosa von Praunheim, to produce "Silence Equals
Death" and "Positive," both exploring the emotions and anger of people with AIDS. The
film "Positive" includes interviews with Zwickler and two other men who were
HIV-positive. He produced his final project, "The Needle Nightmares" (1991), with the
help of David Meieran. Zwickler also worked as a news reporter, publishing stories in
the Village Voice and serving as editor of the People with AIDS Coalition Newsline for a
number of years. Before working in film and journalism, he taught literature in New York
City public schools and community colleges.