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Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine

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Michele Josue

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About the Movie

Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine is a powerful feature documentary about Matthew Shepard, the gay young man who was tortured and murdered in one of the most notorious hate crimes in U.S. history. Directed by Michele Josue, a close friend of Shepard's, the film revisits the shocking case with never-before-seen photos, rare video footage, and new revelations about Shepard's all-too-brief life.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 26
  • Fresh: 26
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 8.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Seeks to restore the Matt Shepard of his friends' and family's memories, and in so doing return a human symbol to a state of ordinary but beloved individuality. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, Feb 6, 2015

Fresh: The film is enough to prompt soul-searching among parents, educators and the LGBT community on how to provide adequate guidance and support for LGBT youths. – Martin Tsai, Los Angeles Times, Feb 12, 2015

Fresh: Long-in-coming doc offers an intensely personal look behind the headlines. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, Feb 9, 2015

Fresh: Josue revisits his life and death with heart-wrenching effectiveness, but even in the recollections of his closest friends, Shepard remains an elusive figure. – Serena Donadoni, Village Voice, Feb 3, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Founder, Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival

Important and timeless viewing—one of those films I wish I saw when I was 12 or 13 years old!

Must See

An absolute brilliant, heartfelt glimpse into the life and family of a young man who is taking too early. The film itself was done with such love. When this happened, his story affected me so deeply. Living close to where this happened, we followed the story very closely as it unfolded. It's a tragedy when ever a child has to leave before his parents eyes, and for him to be taken in this heinous manor was just incomprehensible for me. I know there is true evil in this world, but there is also brilliant, loving good.

I just wish good would win out more often.

Beautiful film honoring Matt

As someone who first learned of Matt’s story through the Laramie Project, watching Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine helped to fully round out my understanding of the tragedy the happened in Laramie 17 years ago. While the Laramie Project focuses on how a hate crime effects a community, Michele Josue’s tender documentary focused on how a hate crime effects the victim’s immediate friends and family. This film is dignified in the way it portrays Matt and serves to honor his memory rather than memorialize him as a martyr. Thank you for sharing Matt’s story!

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