Director: Michele Josue
On October 7, 1998, University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten, tied to a fence and left to die because he was gay. Years later, Michele Josue, a close friend of Matt’s, revisits the shocking case with never-before-seen photos, rare video footage, as Matt’s all-too-brief life is remembered through the vivid testimonies of those whose lives he touched, from the friends and family who knew him best to the bartender who saw him on the night of the attack. New revelations emerge in one of the most notorious hate crimes in US history, leading to a searing, poignant, and multi-layered biographical and sociological portrait. In the end, the notion of forgiveness–embodied in the moving and courageous final act of Matt’s parents–takes on truly heroic proportions.
“’Matt Shepard Is A Friend Of Mine’ is a great documentary…This film doesn’t just revisit an atrocity, it moves through it, and finds meaning in it.” – RogerEbert.com
“A tender reconstruction of personal loss.” – The New York Times
“’Matt Shepard Is A Friend Of Mine’ is a moving eulogy to a life lost but not forgotten.” – Indiewire
This is a FREE one night only screening sponsored by ReAct to Film.