Matt Shepard is A Friend of Mine (4pm) Special Q&A

Grab a drink and let’s go see a movie! Bring friends and some good conversation to discuss the film, its characters, the production and more. The Clinton St. Theater is the location of our meetup. Most movies they play are independent, foreign and artistic, but always independent!

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Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine

(Mother of Matt Shepard in Attendance)

Director: Michele Josue
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Runtime: 89 minutes
MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE is a film about the Matthew Shepard behind the headlines. An honest and intimate portrait of Matt as he is remembered by those who knew him, it is the story of loss, love, and grief that does not go away. As such, the film will provide a proxy for a wide variety of people and communities to experience first hand the devastation of intolerance, the power of love, and the beauty of compassion.

Critical Reviews:
“’Matt Shepard Is A Friend Of Mine’ is a moving eulogy to a life lost but not forgotten.” Indiewire

“No film is more poignant or relevant to the history of LGBT folks in America than ‘Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine.’” The Plain Dealer

“Josue’s film has the impact of an Earthquake. The tremors begin early, the impact hits hard, and the aftershocks continue long after the film ends.” Dork Shelf

“This remarkable film is a tearjerker in a good way, with director Josue assembling a collage of key moments in Matt’s all-too-brief life that carries the emotional punch of a great novel.” Bay Area Reporter

“Josue’s film is sensitive and personal…Her journey to and discovery of Wyoming – a place she had never been before Shepard’s funeral in Casper – is as compelling a component in the film as details of the killing and trial.” San Francisco Chronicle

“Josue goes beyond the conventional depiction of her classmate and confidant, filling in the gaps with in-depth interviews and never-before-seen photographs and home movies from those who knew Matt best. The result is a deeply personal film about who Matt Shepard really was, and the legacy created by his death.” Denver Westword

“Matthew Shepard isn’t just a pop culture and political reference, martyred for his sexuality and iconised; he was also a young man with friends and family who loved him, with quirks and secrets, and with a story worth hearing. Do whatever you can to see this touching portrayal.” Gay Times Magazine

“New film by classmate Michele Josue is an arresting portrait of her dear friend who hoped to one day change the world” LGBTQ Nation

“The moving tribute to Shepard, in the words and pictures that Josue chose to include, are perfect.” Windy City Times

https://vimeo.com/76594178

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