Laramie Inside Out: Film Synopsis

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.

So powerful--beautifully done! It's so moving, so imaginatively and intelligently conceived and executed.
Lillian Faderman, Author, The Gay Revolution
An achingly intimate journey into the response of the citizens of Laramie, Wyoming to one of the most sensationalized and publicized hate crimes of the 1990's.
Frameline Film Festival
An important addition to the narratives that help us understand what happened to Matthew Shepard, why it happened and how that community was affected by the crime.
Moises Kaufman, The Laramie Project
A lovely, loving testament.
Beth Loffreda, Author, Losing Matt Shepard


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Beverly walking down Ivinson Ave. with angels to demonstration at Albany County Courthouse