Laramie Inside Out

Laramie Inside Out


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Featuring a post-film discussion with filmmaker Beverly Seckinger in person, joined by film participants via Zoom!

An intimate chronicle of the community’s response to Matthew Shepard’s 1998 murder.

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. There 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, 2023 marks the 25th anniversary of Matthew’s attack and death, a watershed moment that continues to reverberate through the ongoing struggle to create a more just world. Laramie Inside Out vividly recounts this pivotal chapter in LGBTQ history, and keeps Matthew’s memory alive. (Dir. by Beverly Seckinger, 2004, USA, 57 mins., NR)

This is a rental of The Loft Cinema, presented by the UA School of Theatre, Film & Television.

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