"Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine" celebrates success at Side by Side Film Festival

Last Monday, November 24, 2014, a Russian audience had the opportunity to learn about Matt Shepard's life and legacy firsthand when the new documentary Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine was screened at the Side by Side LGBT Film Festival in St. Petersburg.

Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine is a story of a young gay man brutally beaten and left to die because of who he was. It is a story of love, loss, and courage. The documentary follows director Michele Josue, a close friend of Matt's, as she travels to important locations in Matthew’s life, interviewing other friends and family members, and gaining insight into the beautiful life and devastating loss.

The movie has touched hundreds of people and received the Audience Award at the Side by Side Festival. The festival aims to create cultural dialogue and spark societal change. It seeks to establish a supportive environment where LGBT people are able to affirm their identities. Conditions in Russia are difficult for LGBT Russians and allies due to the country's anti-propaganda law.  

To see photos from the event or GLAAD's interview with Judy and Dennis Shepard, click here