Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine

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Jo

While I did find the film touching, I felt like details were missing from the narrative that needed to be included. For example, the media's portrayal and response largely determined people's perception of the event. I still am left wondering if a intersectional approach was to be used, while ...Read more

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Lauren

Congratulations to the team behind Matt Sheppard is a Friend of Mine for winning a Creative Arts Daytime Emmy Award for special-class special!

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Liam

It has been my distinct honor and privilege to assist in the making and sharing of Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine. Michele Josue's film is stunning in so many ways, but for me it is her sensitivity, balance and restraint in telling such a personal and important story that is most striking. ...Read more

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Lauren

Today would have been Matt Shepard's 39th Birthday. Please consider honoring his memory by learning about his important story.

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Olivia

I have taken a day to think about my response to this film. The last 60mins of the film was some of the most gripping, compelling and emotional cinema I've seen in a while. I am left feeling angry and sad but at the same time, filled with hope for the future. Matt Shepard's mother is an ...Read more

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Michele

17 years ago this month, we lost Matt Shepard, an extraordinary friend, brother, and son, to an act of brutal, senseless violence. During this time, we choose to reflect upon Matt's life and legacy of inspiring countless people around the world to live authentically with love, compassion, and ...Read more

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