Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Mom Attends Screening of Documentary on Murdered Son

February 14, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Clinton Street Theater is partnering with Equalize to bring the documentary “Matt Shepard Is A Friend Of Mine” to Portland. The February 14th screening will include a visit and discussion with the protagonist’s mother Judy Shepard.

The film is about the Matthew Shepard. Shepard was an American student at the University of Wyoming who was beaten, tortured and left to die near Laramie, Wyoming on the night of October 6, 1998, and died six days later at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado, on October 12, from severe head injuries.

Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson were arrested shortly after the attack and charged with murder following Shepard’s death. Significant media coverage was given to what role Shepard’s sexual orientation played in the killing. During McKinney’s pretrial and trial, testimony was given that the pair had pretended to be gay in order to gain Shepard’s trust in order to rob him. McKinney’s prosecutor argued the murder was premeditated and driven by greed, while McKinney’s defense counsel argued that McKinney had only intended to rob Shepard, but had killed him in a rage when Shepard made a sexual advance. McKinney’s girlfriend told police that he had been motivated by anti-gay sentiment, but later recanted her statement, saying that she had lied because she thought it would help him. Both McKinney and Henderson were convicted of the murder and each sentenced to two consecutive life sentences.

Shepard’s murder brought national and international attention to hate crime legislation at the state and federal levels. In October 2009, the United States Congress passed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (commonly the “Matthew Shepard Act” or “Shepard/Byrd Act” for short), and on October 28, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the legislation into law. Following her son’s murder, Matthew’s mother Judy Shepard became a prominent LGBT rights activist and established the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Shepard’s death inspired notable films, novels, plays, songs, and other works. (via Wikipedia)

Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine
Director: Michele Josue
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Runtime: 89 minutes
MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE is a film about the Matthew Shepard behind the headlines. An honest and intimate portrait of Matt as he is remembered by those who knew him, it is the story of loss, love, and grief that does not go away. As such, the film will provide a proxy for a wide variety of people and communities to experience first hand the devastation of intolerance, the power of love, and the beauty of compassion.

Critical Reviews:
“’Matt Shepard Is A Friend Of Mine’ is a moving eulogy to a life lost but not forgotten.” Indiewire

“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

For more information, check out the website.

Follow me

Portland Film

Portland Indie Film Blogger at Portland Film Blog
Sharing news and info on independent film in Portland, Oregon.
Follow me

Latest posts by Portland Film (see all)

Comments

comments

Details

Date:
February 14, 2015
Time:
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Event Category:
Event Tags:
Website:
http://cstpdx.com

Organizer

Lani Jo Leigh
Phone:
(503) 238‑5588
Website:
cstpdx.com

Venue

Clinton Street Theater
2522 SE CLINTON ST
Portland, OR 97202 United States
+ Google Map
Phone:
(503) 238‑5588
Website:
cstpdx.com