Winner of 2016 Daytime Emmy Award and awards at 2014 and 2015 film festivals
Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine (directed by Michele Josue) is an intimate portrait of Matthew Shepard, the gay young man murdered in 1998 in one of the most notorious hate crimes in U.S. history. This tragedy made headlines around the world. As people denounced the hatred and senseless violence that caused Matthew’s death, a much-needed dialogue about hate crimes and intolerance against the LGBT community began and continues to this day. Framed through a personal lens, the film tells the story of loss, love, and courage in the face of unspeakable tragedy. Michele Josue travels to pivotal locations in Shepard’s life, interviewing friends and family members. Through her eyes and the memories of those who knew him, viewers get acquainted with the man behind the headlines. It is the story of love and grief that does not go away, displaying first hand the devastation of intolerance, the power of love, and the beauty of compassion.
Released in 2014
Running time: 89 minutes
Tales from the Heart