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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Groovy Giveaway: Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine on DVD

Courtesy of Education Pictures and Virgil Entertainment, this week I'm giving away two DVDs of Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine. After over a year on the international festival circuit, the film took home 10 Best Documentary and Audience Choice Awards, and it had a unanimously acclaimed theatrical run earlier this year in the US and Canada.

Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine, Michele Josue's debut and the first film helmed by someone from Matt's life, is an intimate tribute to the young man she knew - the young man behind the story that rocked the nation and caused outcry around the world in 1998. Josue's journey took her across the United States, Switzerland and Morocco, and the heartfelt result has screened at over two dozen festivals worldwide.

On October 7, 1998, University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten, tied to a fence and left to die because he was gay. Years later, Michele Josue, a close friend of Matt's, revisits the shocking case with never-before-seen photos and rare video footage as Matt's all-too-brief life is remembered through the vivid testimonies of those whose lives he touched - from the friends and family who knew him best to the bartender who saw him on the night of the attack.

New revelations emerge in one of the most notorious hate crimes in US history, leading to a searing, poignant, and multi-layered biographical and sociological portrait. In the end, the notion of forgiveness -embodied in the moving and courageous final act of Matt's parents - takes on truly heroic proportions.

To enter to win this DVD, email your name and address to Winners must have a US mailing address, and entries close at midnight on Thursday, November 19 (CST).

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