16 years ago, on the night of October 6, 1998, our dear friend Matthew Shepard was kidnapped and tortured in one of the most vicious and notorious hate crimes in U.S. history. Never regaining consciousness, Matthew succumbed to the severe injuries from the attack and died on October 12, 1998. From October 6 to 12th, we will honor Matt and all victims of hate by sharing special photos, videos, and other remembrances on our Facebook page, Twitter, website, etc. Please continue to check this space & the Matthew Shepard Foundation page and support our online efforts to #RememberMatt and #EraseHate.
"No film is more poignant or relevant to the history of LGBT folks in America than 'Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine.'"
The Plain Dealer
"Josue’s film has the impact of an Earthquake. The tremors begin early, the impact hits hard, and the aftershocks continue long after the film ends." Dork Shelf
"This remarkable film is a tearjerker in a good way, with director Josue assembling a collage of key moments in Matt's all-too-brief life that carries the emotional punch of a great novel." Bay Area Reporter
"Josue's film is sensitive and personal...Her journey to and discovery of Wyoming - a place she had never been before Shepard's funeral in Casper - is as compelling a component in the film as details of the killing and trial." San Francisco Chronicle
"Josue goes beyond the conventional depiction of her classmate and confidant, filling in the gaps with in-depth interviews and never-before-seen photographs and home movies from those who knew Matt best. The result is a deeply personal film about who Matt Shepard really was, and the legacy created by his death." Denver Westword
"Matthew Shepard isn't just a pop culture and political reference, martyred for his sexuality and iconised; he was also a young man with friends and family who loved him, with quirks and secrets, and with a story worth hearing. Do whatever you can to see this touching portrayal." Gay Times Magazine
"New film by classmate Michele Josue is an arresting portrait of her dear friend who hoped to one day change the world" LGBTQ Nation
"The moving tribute to Shepard, in the words and pictures that Josue chose to include, are perfect." Windy City Times