Joining Director Beverly Seckinger for a post-screening discussion will be her colleague Greg Pierotti, Assistant Professor of Theatre in the UA School of Theatre, Film & Television, who was a lead writer on the Tectonic Theatre Company’s award winning play, “The Laramie Project”.
In October 1998, Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten and left lashed to a fence to die. The horror of this murder pushed Laramie into the media spotlight and sparked a nationwide debate about homophobia, gay-bashing and hate crimes.
As Laramie braced for the trials of Matthew’s killers, filmmaker Beverly Seckinger returned to her hometown to see how his murder was transforming the site of her own closeted adolescence. In Laramie Inside Out, we meet “God-hates-fags” Westboro Baptist Church Reverend Fred Phelps, who condemns Shepard and all LGBTQ people to hell. But we also meet students, teachers, parents, and clergy determined to fight for the soul of their community.
October 12, 2018 marked the 20th anniversary of Matthew’s death, a watershed moment that continues to reverberate through the ongoing struggle to create a more just world. Yet most college students today have never heard the name Matthew Shepard. Laramie Inside Out vividly recounts this pivotal chapter in LGBTQ history, and keeps Matthew’s memory alive.
This special encore screening of UA professor Beverly Seckinger’s 2004 documentary is programmed in conjunction with the UA Presents performance of the oratorio “Considering Matthew Shepard” on April 16. More information HERE.
This is a rental of The Loft Cinema, sponsored by the UA Institute for LGBT Studies.