Coming to theatres this Friday, February 6: MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE
Michele Josue’s personal remembrance of a fallen friend made its world premiere at Mill Valley in 2013. It went on to screen at DOC NYC, IDFA, Cleveland, CNEX Taipei Doc, St Louis, Atlanta’s Out on Film, Rochester’s ImageOut, Miami Gay, Toronto’s Inside Out, and Russia’s Side by Side LGBT fests, among others.
I previously wrote about the film for DOC NYC’s program, saying:
When gay college student Matthew Shepard’s savagely beaten body was discovered lashed to a fence near Laramie, Wyoming in 1998, the deadly consequences of homophobia received international attention. While Matt’s death left an indelible mark, the details of his life are less familiar. His friend Michele Josue turns to those who knew him best, and aided by personal photos, videos and journal entries, she constructs a poignant, multifaceted biography of a young man who was more than just a victim.