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    Matt Shepard Is A Friend Of Mine 

    Matt Shepard Is A Friend Of Mine
    Documentary Screening at Napa Valley College
    April 17, 2014 

    March 17, 2014 – The Napa Valley College LGBT Studies Program in partnership with the Theater Department at Napa Valley College is honored to present the Napa Valley premiere of a new documentary by director Michele Josue entitled 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 the first local screening of this important documentary. Tickets are now available for purchase online (see link below):  $8 for general admission, or $10 at the door.

    Online tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/matt-shepard-is-a-friend-of-mine-premier-tickets-964463737. For more information, please call: 707/253-3035

    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 while 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 now have to make sure young people around the world are not at risk of falling victim to the same story ending Matt was.” –from Matt Shepard Is A Friend Of Mine.

    Napa Valley College has close ties with the story of Matthew Shepard.  In 2001 Matthew’s mother, Judy Shepard, first spoke at NVC to a crowd of over 1,000.   NVC Theater Arts Professor Jennifer King then produced and directed two groundbreaking productions for the NVC Performing Arts Center’s Studio Theater related to the telling of Matthew’s story and its impact on his community and the world: The Laramie Project (in 2002) and The Laramie Project Ten Years Later (in 2012)  Judy Shepard visited Napa Valley College again in 2008 and took part in a live reading of this play. Each of these events engaged audiences in discussions that have proven to be powerful promoting an inclusive and accepting community while gracefully exploring the notion of community and personal loss.  Napa Valley College is proud to have been chosen as a place to host a showing of this new film.