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Out West™ film screening and discussion: Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine

by Eiteljorg Staff | Sep 25, 2017

The Out West™ programming series explores the positive contributions of the LGBTQ community to the history and cultures of the American West. In the next installment of that series, the Eiteljorg Museum on Oct. 21 will host a screening of the documentary Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine, followed by a panel discussion with the film’s director, Michele Josue, who also was a close friend of Shepard. The film relates the story of Matt’s life and the larger impact of the tragic and fatal hate crime on Oct. 6, 1998 against Matt, who was a gay freshman at the University of Wyoming.

Excerpt of statement by director Michele Josue:

“The murder of Matthew Shepard was a devastating tragedy that made countless headlines around the world. As people denounced the hatred and senseless violence that caused Matthew’s death, a much-needed dialogue about hate crimes and intolerance against the LGBT community began and continues to this day. His tragic story brought the reality of inequality and vicious, irrational contempt into the public consciousness and set the stage for the landmark Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law in 2009.

“Though framed through a very personal lens, Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine tells a universal story that highlights the responsibility we have now to make sure young people around the world are not at risk of falling victim to the same story ending Matt was.”

Image caption:

Filmmaker Michele Josue is seen in this personal photograph with her childhood friend, Matthew Shepard. Josue is the director of a documentary film, Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine that will be screened at the Eiteljorg on Oct. 21 followed by a discussion with the director


OCT 21
Saturday, 1 p.m.
The event is included with regular museum admission. Eiteljorg members are free. 


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