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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.