Previously unseen images of Shepard in the gallery above
Coming to IFC (323 Ave. of the Americas) in NYC at 9:45PM on November 20 is the much-anticipated documentary Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine, directed by Michele Josue, a close friend of Shepard's.
From a press release:
“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.”
The film, which contains many never-before-seen images of Shepard, will be in theaters in February 2015.
The filmmaker with Matt Shepard, a friend of hers
Check out the moving trailer after the jump...