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Director Michelle Josue and Judy and Dennis Shepard talk about ‘Matt Shepard Is A Friend of Mine’, and the pain of losing their friend and son 15 years on

It was early afternoon on Friday, May 23rd 2014. I walked into Tiff Bell Lightbox, knots in my stomach, my eyes still welling with tears. “Just take a deep breath,” I kept telling myself. “You’ll be fine.” Up the escalator I rode, around the corner, and into the lavish Luma lounge. I approached the table, and as soon as I saw Dennis and Judy Shepard, I began to cry. No amount of professionalism or attempt at stoicism could mask the impact of their son’s story, told beautifully by his childhood friend Michele Josue, in Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine. The moving documentary – holding strong with 100% on Rotten Tomatoes – is currently playing at Toronto’s Carlton Cinema through until March 5th.

By this point, many are familiar with the tragic death of 21-year old Matthew Shepard. A Political Science student at the University of Wyoming, Matt was brutally

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