First Time Filmmaker Paige Goldberg Tolmach
Dives Into the Past and Shines a Light on a Sexual Predator
at One of the Nation’s Most Prestigious Schools
in Her Award-Winning Documentary…
What Haunts Us
The 1979 class of Porter Gaud School in Charleston, South Carolina graduated 49 boys. Within the last 35 years, six of them died by suicide. When Paige hears about the suicide of yet another former schoolmate, she begins to take a deeper look at the past and starts to ask questions that almost no one in Charleston wants to answer. As she digs deeper, she begins to hear the awful truth about a beloved teacher who methodically manipulated and molested many of his students for years. It becomes her obsession to understand how it could have happened in plain view and, as it turns out, with the knowledge of the school.
What Haunts Us becomes a story about our obligation to speak up and protect those who can’t protect themselves. It’s a story about how silence is complicity and about finding the courage to unearth what lies below the surface in order to shine a light on the truth of our own past.
The documentary is premiering this weekend in theaters and early next week nationwide on STARZ.
Before becoming a documentary filmmaker, Paige Goldberg Tolmach was already a leading expert on environmental toxins and their effects on children. After her son developed a case of eczema, she was unable to find relief using traditional treatments so she began looking at environmental causes and began to rid her home of environmental toxins until she cured her son. Determined to help other parents and children avoid what her family had gone through, Paige founded THE LITTLE SEED in 2007, A One Stop eco conscious store in Los Angeles that helped raise awareness about the dangers of toxic chemicals in our homes. Continuing to advocate for children, Paige is now the director of her first documentary, What Haunts Us.