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"Matt Shepard Was a Friend of Mine" will make it's Cleveland debut at the Cleveland International Film Festival.

The movie will play Saturday, March 29th at 5 p.m. at Tower City Cinemas. On Sunday, March 30th, the movie will play at the same theater at 2:15 p.m.

The movie is an intimate portrait of Matthew Shepard. The 21-year-old was tortured and murdered in Laramie, Wyom. back in 1998. His death raised the world's awareness about discrimination against gays and lesbians.

The tragedy ultimately led to the Congressional passage of the Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

Matthew's mother, Judy, and close friend Michele Josue, stopped by FOX 8 News in the Morning on Friday to talk about Matthew's legacy and the new movie. Josue directed it.

Click here for more information on the movie.

Click here for information on the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

1 Comment

  • Michael Shehane

    The name of movie is “Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine” rather than “Matt Shepard was a Friend of Mine.” I made the same mistake a few times after I saw the movie and was describing the movie to my friends, family, and students.

    I think the verb tense is important here because the present tense implies that his spirit lives on and through watching the movie we, the moving going audience, can become today friends with Matt Shepard– the movie encourages us to get to know him as a real person and not just a poster child of gay hate crimes.

    Am I a friend of Matt Shepard? I never met him but, yes, I am a friend of Matt Shepard or Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine.

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