Director: Michele Josue
From Gay Essential
Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine is a documentary film 16 years in the making. A labour of love, director Michele Josue began reaching out to Matt Shepard’s friends and family, conducting interviews with those who knew and loved him, and collecting hours of archive footage.
WON “BEST FILM” at five international film festival awards.
“It is wrenching but never exploitive. It is impressively skeptical of the same mission that it takes on its shoulders: to make something positive from a senseless crime without diminishing its senselessness. This film doesn’t just revisit an atrocity, it moves through it, and finds meaning in it.”
“Matt Shepard Was A Friend Of Mine is a stirring, sometimes tough-going piece of documentary filmmaking: pure, honest and undiluted by hyperbole.”
— Nicholas Laskin, The Playlist
“This heartbreaking documentary should be shown in every high school and college — and everywhere intolerance is suspected. ”
— Graham Fuller, New York Daily News