ABOUT THE FILM:
In 1998, my friend Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, beaten, and tied to a fence on a Wyoming prairie and left to die because he was gay. His tragic murder made countless headlines around the world and Matthew Shepard soon became a hugely public symbol, undoubtedly important, whose story resounded in the hearts of many. But to me, Matt was a dear friend.
This past fall, I have begun work on a feature-length documentary about the Matthew behind those headlines. Through the honest and intimate recollections of his family and those, like myself, who were personally affected by his death, our film seeks to tell the story of the Matthew the world hardly knows and to make sense out of a senseless tragedy.
This past October, we shot extensively in Denver and Wyoming with very limited resources. During this time, we interviewed many amazing people who gave us incredible insight into Matt’s death and his all-too-brief life. Overall, it was a humbling and inspiring experience.
I feel it’s so important, especially in this day and age, to share with the world the story of our Matt, as not just a symbol, but as a real person who had the love and respect of his family and his many friends. To be honest, this is a film I’ve been waiting years to make, and I am honored to have the opportunity to make it now.
With the bulk of our filming completed this past fall, the hardest part of the project is behind us. Now, in the early stages of post-production, we are hard at work in the editing room. But making a feature-length film is a very long and expensive process, and we’ve been working on raising the money we need to complete the film. Specifically, we are looking to raise enough funds for a second filming trip to Europe and across North America this summer to interview some important people in Matt’s life.
Our film is a totally independent production and has been self-financed up until this point. But making a documentary film is an expensive endeavor. Your contribution will go directly to funding our film shoot this summer.
Passionate people make all the difference with something like this and every single person’s contribution will make a difference. One of the main reasons we decided to use Kickstarter was because we loved the idea that our campaign, like our film, will be a collaborative effort by people who truly care about this project. Your help and support will be invaluable to us on this journey.
CAN WE EXCEED THE GOAL?
Amazingly, yes! If we can surpass our $50,000 goal, it would not only be a dream come true, but it would allow us to make a better film! Exceeding our goal would help offset our significant post-production expenses, which include the costs for hard drives, archival footage, music, sound mixing, color correction, etc.
WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT?
Click here to see our Kickstarter film
Under our “Matthew Shepard Documentary” section, you can find a synopsis of our film, a photo gallery of our first shoot, our director’s personal statement about Matt, and our blog, which will also feature personal stories about Matt written by his close friends.
You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/matthewsheparddocumentary