Cathedral Premieres New Film on Matthew Shepard

Friday, Oct 4, 2013  |  Updated 7:14 AM EDT
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Cathedral Premieres New Film on Matthew Shepard

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In this undated file photo Matthew Shepard, 22, is shown. Shepard was beaten, burned and tied to a wooden ranch fence near Laramie, Wyo., Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1998, reportedly for being openly gay.

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Washington National Cathedral is hosting the premiere of a new documentary about Matthew Shepard, along with a forum about gay rights to mark 15 years since the gay college student was killed in Wyoming.

The cathedral is hosting a screening Friday night of the new documentary "Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine.''

The film about Shepard's life was made by Michele Josue, a close friend of Shepard's. She travels to locations in Shepard's life and interviews other friends and family members.

On Sunday morning, Cathedral Dean Gary Hall is hosting a forum with Shepard's mother, Judy Shepard, and with Jane Clementi, the mother of Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old Rutgers University student who killed himself after his roommate made a webcast of him kissing another man.

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