Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine

Winner of the 2016 ‘Outstanding Special Class Special’ Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award!

Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine is an award-winning, critically acclaimed documentary feature film that tells the story of Matt’s life through his friends, family and those who were close to him throughout the years.

When Matt was killed in what became one of the nation’s most notorious anti-gay hate crimes, the legacy of “Matthew Shepard” spread around the world. Those who knew him as Matt—their friend, their family, their son—began to feel his identity slip away. Directed by Michele Josue, a close friend of Matt’s, this film features never-before-seen photos, video footage and untold aspects of Matt’s life.

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About the Film

Michele Josue, friend and filmmaker: “As the media stripped my friend of his humanity, I made a promise to myself that when I was emotionally and artistically ready, I would share, with the world, who Matt really was — in the only way I knew how, through film.”

Judy Shepard, Matt’s mother and president of the Matthew Shepard Foundation: “I hope people will be reminded that Matt was an ordinary boy who experienced both struggles and triumphs in his life, that he was real to so many people … People see parts of themselves in Matt, both good and bad, and then the message sinks in, that these victims are more than icons or figures. They’re people who feel love, pain, happiness and sadness. They had lives familiar to our own, but somehow some of us are allowed to live when others aren’t. When people see and hear about the real Matt, the Matt we knew, it’s my hope they’ll understand what we’re fighting so tirelessly for.”

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