Long before the release of the film “Brokeback Mountain,” the state of Wyoming was the site of a real-life tragedy of homophobia: In October 1998, in Laramie, college student Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten and left to die. In 2004, filmmaker Beverly Seckinger, a Laramie native, returned to the site of her own closeted adolescence to investigate the impact of Shepard’s murder. Her film, “Laramie Inside Out,” will be screened at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (721 Broadway, Room 006) on Fri., Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. The 56-minute film will be followed by a roundtable discussion that includes Seckinger.

The event is free and open to the public, which may call 212.998.7608 for more information. Reporters interested in attending the event should contact James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or james.devitt@nyu.edu.

  • WHAT: Screening, “Laramie Inside Out,” and discussion
  • WHO: Director Beverly Seckinger, University of Arizona; author Romaine Patterson; Rabbi Rebecca Alpert, Temple University; NYU student Tyler Kinder; and Janet R Jakobsen (Moderator), Center for Research on Women, Barnard College
  • WHEN: Fri., Feb. 17, 4-6 p.m.
  • WHERE: Tisch School of the Arts, 721 Broadway, Room 006

The event is co-sponsored by NYU’s Center for Religion and Media and Center for Media, Culture and History, Barnard College Center for Research on on Women, and NYU’s Office of LGBT Student Services.

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