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Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine (2014)

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Friends and family reflect on the life and death of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard, who was murdered in a targeted homophobic attack in Wyoming in 1998.

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Michele Josue

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Michele Josue
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michele Josue Michele Josue ... Herself
Judy Shepard ... Herself
Zeina Barkawi Zeina Barkawi ... Herself
Dennis Shepard ... Himself
Tim Galles Tim Galles ... Himself
Walt Boulden Walt Boulden ... Himself
Nikki Pearson Nikki Pearson ... Herself
Cynthia Whisenant Cynthia Whisenant ... Herself
Julie Anderson Julie Anderson ... Herself
Rich Mack Rich Mack ... Himself
Kate Chill Kate Chill ... Herself
Gina Van Hoof Gina Van Hoof ... Herself
Romaine Patterson Romaine Patterson ... Herself
Jason C. Marsden Jason C. Marsden ... Himself
Jim Osborn Jim Osborn ... Himself
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MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE is a film about the Matthew Shepard behind the headlines. An honest and intimate portrait of Matt as he is remembered by those who knew him, it is the story of loss, love, and grief that does not go away. As such, the film will provide a proxy for a wide variety of people and communities to experience first hand the devastation of intolerance, the power of love, and the beauty of compassion. Written by Anonymous

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English

Release Date:

6 February 2015 (USA) See more »

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Emotionally galvanizing, but well worth the watch.
3 January 2016 | by europa_hunterSee all my reviews

Very powerful documentary. I agree with another reviewer that it really reminded me of "Dear Zachary," at least insofar as how emotionally raw the film experience was. I don't normally tear up watching film or television, but this was a rough one. In fact I teared up just thinking about it the day after I watched it. The entire story just breaks my heart to its core. So much senseless tragedy.

This is the second or third documentary on Matthew I've watched now; in my opinion this film did him the most justice. I think Matthew was very fortunate to have befriended the documentarian. The film, as the title suggests, gives an intimate look into the life of Matthew Shepard. The good times, the bad times, as recalled by his closest family and friends. The documentarian did an excellent job humanizing Matthew, in my view. I found it very easy to become personally invested in Matthew watching this film. He was the proverbial boy next door.

At the end of the day, there's no real reconciling what happened to Matthew. It's just unconscionable and it's always going to hurt; but that's okay. Remembering Matthew, and others like him, should always evoke empathy and sorrow in the hearts and minds of any functional human being. My grandfather once told me, "the saddest words in the English language are 'what could have been.'" Those words have never rang truer for me when it comes to the story of Matthew Shepard; may he rest in peace.


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