Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine
Series: Collective Eye Documentary Series
Sunday, June 19 at 7:00pm | $9 |
Collective Eye Films presents a film about Matt Shepard, a revered brother, son, friend, and victim of a targeted hate crime. Join us in honor of Matt and all LGBTQ community members during Pride Month for an emotional and honest account of Matt's life and the momentous cultural repercussions of his early death.
On October 7, 1998, University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten and 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 Shepard's all-too-brief life is remembered through the vivid testimonies of those who knew him best. 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 Shepard's parents--takes on truly heroic proportions.