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Update #54

We won BIG in Cleveland!

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Dear MSIAFOM supporters,

We had a wonderful time at the Cleveland International Film Festival this past weekend! One we will never forget. And we were overjoyed that Judy and Dennis Shepard could join us in Cleveland for our screenings and thoughtful Q&A discussions.

A whopping 97,804 people attended this year's festival to watch 186 feature films and 168 short subjects. In this attendance record-breaking year, Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine came away with winning the festival's top prizes--the Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Award AND the Roxanne T. Mueller Audience Choice Award for Best Film!

(Photo courtesy of Laura Watilo Blake)
(Photo courtesy of Laura Watilo Blake)

Here we are, moments after our film was announced, walking up on the stage Closing Night of the festival to accept the first of the 2 awards. This is a moment we will always remember and cherish. What a tremendous honor! We're still blown away!

There were so many people!!! (Photo courtesy of Debby Samples)
There were so many people!!! (Photo courtesy of Debby Samples)

We are thrilled and so very, very grateful to have been recognized by such a passionate, committed audience. You can read more about our time at the festival here: http://www.cleveland.com/moviebuff/index.ssf/2014/03/cleveland_international_film_f_67.html

You can also check out this great review of the film in Cleveland's Plain Dealer. We got an "A"! http://www.cleveland.com/moviebuff/index.ssf/2014/03/cleveland_international_film_f_65.html#incart_river

The people of Cleveland showed us such warmth and appreciation. The entire CIFF team was so unbelievably kind, supportive, and just all-around amazing. Cleveland Rocks!

You guys were all with us in spirit! Thank you so much for helping us get this far!

With love & gratitude,

Michele & the MSIAFOM team

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/matthewsheparddocumentary

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MyFriendMatt


Update #53

Bringing MSIAFOM back to Laramie!

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Dear MSIAFOM supporters,

We're heading back to Laramie! On April 3rd, Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine will screen in Laramie, WY for the very first time.

After the Cleveland Film Festival, I will screen the film at the Shepard Symposium on Social Justice at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Honoring the work of the Shepard family and the memory of Matthew, the Shepard Symposium works as a reminder of the need for information and dialogue about social justice concerns in American and beyond.

Needless to say, bringing the film to the Symposium and back to Laramie, where Matt's tragic attack took place, is a hugely emotional milestone for us. We're overwhelmed to finally be able to share our Matt with the Laramie community. Jason Marsden, Executive Director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, Sheriff Dave O'Malley, Reggie Fluty, and Father Roger Schmit, who all appear in the film, will join me for a panel discussion after the screening.

The film screens at the Symposium on April 3rd at 4:30pm. Registration is free. If you can, please join us for what should be a very significant and moving event.

Info & details here: http://www.shepardsymposium.org/index.php/film-matt-shepard-is-a-friend-of-mine

With love & gratitude,

Michele & the MSIAFOM team

Official website: www.mattshepardisafriendofmine.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/matthewsheparddocumentary

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MyFriendMatt


Update #52

Heading to the Cleveland International Film Festival!

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Dear MSIAFOM supporters,

We're thrilled to announce Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine has been selected to screen in competition at the Cleveland International Film Festival! MSIAFOM screens on March 29th and 30th.

A leading U.S. regional film festival, the CIFF has been recognized as one of the 50 leading film festivals in the world by IndieWIRE. They have an amazing line-up this year, and we're honored to be a part of it! MSIAFOM will screen in the Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition, which highlights "films with a conscience." This is CIFF's largest and most popular competition.

Director Michele Josue is also in competition for the ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman. Both competitions are based on audience votes, so please wish us luck!!

We're also honored to announce that Matt's parents Judy & Dennis Shepard will be joining us at the festival and will be there for our post-screening Q&As. So if you're in the Cleveland area, we hope to see you!!! And please spread the word! We'd love to sell out our screenings! Tickets are available to the general public on March 7th.

For more information, please visit: http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2014/matt-shepard-is-a-friend-of-mine

With love & gratitude,

Michele & the MSIAFOM team

Official website: http://mattshepardisafriendofmine.com/

Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/matthewsheparddocumentary

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MyFriendMatt‎


Update #51

We're gonna be on live TV!

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Dear MSIAFOM supporters,

Tonight, Producer Liam McNiff & I will be on TakePart Live (TakePart.com) to talk about MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE! The show airs tonight on Pivot from 9pm-10pm PST. If you get Pivot TV, please tune in! And please send us lots of good vibes and wish us luck!

 With love & gratitude,

Michele & the MSIAFOM team

P.S. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter at @MyfriendMatt and to like us on Facebook!


Update #50

Happy New Year!

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Goodbye 2013! It's been an amazing whirlwind of a year, and we're looking forward to what the New Year will bring. Wishing you all the very best in 2014! 

With love & gratitude,

Michele & the MSIAFOM team


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