Matthew Shepard’s Parents, Judy and Dennis, to Present MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE New York Premiere at DOC NYC November 20th
9:45 PM, November 20, 2014.?IFC Center 323 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10014
COMING TO THEATERS IN FEBRUARY 2015
ABOUT THE FILM: Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine, Josue’s debut and the first film helmed by someone from Matt’s life, is an intimate tribute to the young man she knew, the young man behind the story that rocked the nation and caused outcry around the world in 1998. Josue’s journey took her across the United States, Switzerland and Morocco and the heartfelt result has screened at over two dozen festivals worldwide with more to come.
On October 7, 1998, University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten, tied to a fence and left to die because he was gay. Years later, Michele Josue, a close friend of Matt’s, revisits the shocking case with never-??before-??seen photos, rare video footage, as Matt’s all-??too-??brief life is remembered through the vivid testimonies of those whose lives he touched, from the friends and family who knew him best to the bartender who saw him on the night of the attack.
New revelations emerge in one of the most notorious hate crimes in US history, leading to a searing, poignant, and multi-??layered biographical and sociological portrait. In the end, the notion of forgiveness-??-??embodied in the moving and courageous final act of Matt’s parents-??-??takes on truly heroic proportions.
?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