“OUR FILM AND THE PEOPLE IN IT ALL BEAR WITNESS TO THE SIMPLE FACT THAT MATT SHEPARD WAS A GOOD PERSON—AN AMAZING PERSON WITH A BRIGHT FUTURE WHO TRAGICALLY FELL VICTIM TO THE IGNORANCE AND HATRED THAT PERSISTS IN OUR SOCIETY TODAY.” -MICHELE JOSUE, DIRECTOR

Being invited to photograph an event like this is both solemn and rewarding to me. This screening of “Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine” included a panel of guests that had direct relationships with Matt himself . Treat people kindly. There’s no need for these horrible events to occur and I am glad director Michele Josue and her crew put together a film that resonates. Even if you are unfamiliar with the backstory of the film, it will teach you exactly what deep pain intolerance can cause. Friends and family will never see Matt again in this life. And it’s because of intolerance that lead to an extreme act of violence.

"Matt Shepard Is A Friend Of Mine" documentary screening at Rutgers University Livingston campus at the Tyler Clementi Center