Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine

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Showings

Sequoia 1 Fri, Oct 4, 2013 6:30 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Active Cinema
Country:US
Year:2013
Running Time:89
Language:English
Director:Michele Josue
Producer:Liam McNiff
Michele Josue
Screenwriter:N/A
Cinematographer:Craig Trudeau
Editor:Michele Josue
Liam McNiff
Print Source:Run Rabbit Run Media

Description

View Trailer HERE or HERE

World Premiere

On October 7, 1998, Wyoming University student Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten, tortured, tied to a fence and left to die because he was gay. Fifteen years later, Michele Josue’s riveting and insightful documentary revisits the shocking and horrifying case with never-before-seen photos, rare video footage and brand new interviews, as Shepard’s all-too-brief life is celebrated and remembered through the vivid emotional testimonies of those who knew him best—including friends, mentors, teachers and family. Meanwhile, new revelations emerge in one of the most notorious hate crimes in US history, leading to a searing, poignant and multilayered biographical and sociological portrait. In the end, the notion of forgiveness—embodied in the moving and courageous final act of Shepard’s parents—takes on truly heroic proportions. WORLD PREMIERE

—Tim Sika



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Additional Information

Michele Josue is a filmmaker born to Filipino immigrant parents and raised in suburban Maryland. After graduating from Emerson College’s film program in Boston, Michele relocated to Los Angeles where she worked as a short-form video editor as well as in the Art departments on several feature films and TV shows. She currently resides in Los Angeles and has been directing, producing, and editing documentary internationally for over a decade for various schools and non-profit organizations. Matt Shepard Is A Friend Of Mine is her feature-film debut.