The award-winning documentary Matt Shepard Is A Friend Of Mine opens today in New York City, Houston, and Portland, Oregon, with more cities added (Los Angeles and Chicago) beginning next week.
Matt Shepard Is A Friend Of Mine explores the life and tragic death of Matthew Shepard, the gay student brutally murdered in Laramie, Wyoming in one of the most notorious hate crimes in U.S. history.
From the official website:
Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine follows director Michele Josue, a close friend of Matt’s, as she travels to pivotal locations in Shepard’s life, interviewing other friends and family members, and gaining insight into the beautiful life and devastating loss of Matthew Shepard.
While we’ve come a long way in the last fifteen years, LGBT inequality and hate crimes are still very real today, and parts of Matt’s story are unfortunately still very much a part of young people’s realities. Though framed through a very personal lens, Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine tells a universal story that highlights the responsibility we have now to make sure young people around the world are not at risk of falling victim to the same story ending Matt was.
You can find a list of screenings across the US and Canada here.
Watch the trailer below.