The LGBT Studies Program in partnership with the Theater Department at Napa Valley College is presenting the Napa Valley premier of the new documentary, “Matt Shepard Is A Friend Of Mine.” This special event will take place at the Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 7PM. The college welcomes the greater community to join us for this premier.
“Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine follows director Michele Josue, a close friend of Matt’s, as she travels to pivotal locations in Shepard’s life, interviewing other friends and family members, and gaining insight into the beautiful life and devastating loss of Matthew Shepard.
While we’ve come a long way in the last fifteen years, LGBT inequality and hate crimes are still very real today, and parts of Matt’s story are unfortunately still very much a part of young people’s realities. Though framed through a very personal lens, Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine tells a universal story that highlights the responsibility we have now to make sure young people around the world are not at risk of falling victim to the same story ending Matt was.” – Matt Shepard Is A Friend Of Mine.
Napa Valley College has had close ties with the story of Matthew Shepard since 2001 when Matthew’s mother, Judy Shepard, first spoke at the college to a crowd of over 1000. In 2002, Professor Jennifer King produced “The Laramie Project” play. Judy Shepard visited Napa Valley College again in 2008 and took part in a live reading of this play. Professor King returned to the stage in 2012 with a production of “The Laramie Project Ten Years Later.” Each of these events engaged audiences in discussions that have proven to be powerful promoting an inclusive and accepting community. Napa Valley College is proud to have been chosen as a place to host a showing of this new film.
Tickets are now available for purchase online: $8 for general admission, or $10 at the door.