On the night of October 6, 1998, two young men lured Matthew Shepard, a gay student from the University of Wyoming, from a bar in Laramie, Wyoming. Matthew was kidnapped, driven to a field, tortured, tied to a fence and left to die. Matthew never regained consciousness. Succumbing to the severe injuries sustained during the attack, he died on October 12, 1998.
Nearly 16 years after Matthew’s death, his friend and first time filmmaker Michele Josue, traveled to pivotal locations in Shepard’s life, interviewing other friends and family members to learn more about the man behind the tragedy. The film, Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine, is a beautiful depiction of Matt, the young man, and the devastating loss felt by family, friends, and the world.
I was given the honor to photograph at this screening of this beautiful film.
To learn more about Matt Shepard go here: http://www.matthewshepard.org/our-story