VIDEO: "We don't know what to expect." Matthew Shepard's parents take film to Russia


In 1998, Matthew Shepard was brutally murdered and fundamentally altered America's view of LGBT people. The film, Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine, directed by his high school friend, Michele Josue, tells his story from the perspective of his friends and family.

Matthew's parents sat down with GLAAD before heading to Saint Petersburg, Russia to screen the film at the Side-by-Side LGBT International Film Festival, which is thriving despite Russia's anti-LGBT laws. The festival seeks to establish a supportive environment where LGBT people are able to affirm and extend their identities. Last year, GLAAD worked with the festival to bring Dustin Lance Black, Bruce Cohen, and Gus Van Sant and their film, MILK, to the festival. GLAAD also honored Side by Side director, Manny de Guerre, with the International Advocate for Change Award at the GLAAD Media Awareds in Los Angeles

The Shepards, Michele, and producer Liam McNiff talked to GLAAD about the film and what sort of impact they hope the film will have in Russia. Watch GLAAD's interview here: