Posted: May 11th, 2015 | By: Stacy Jones
OUT at the Movies will screen “Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine” at 8 p.m. on Monday, May 18, in cooperation with Aperture Cinema, 311 W. Fourth St. Immediately after the showing, there will be a panel discussion with Wake Forest School of Law Interim Dean Suzanne Reynolds (’77) and Professor Shannon Gilreath (’02) and Mary Dalton, professor of communication, film studies and women’s and gender studies at Wake Forest University.
On Oct. 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 Shepard’s, revisits the 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 U.S. history, leading to a multi-layered biographical and sociological portrait. In the end, the notion of forgiveness — embodied in the final act of Shepard’s parents — takes on heroic proportions, the theatre shared.
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