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Top prizes at Cleveland International Film Festival go to Matthew Shepard documentary
Record attendance for 38th Cleveland International Film Festival
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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"Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine" won two awards at the 38th Cleveland International Film Festival. The film's director, Michele Josue (left) grew up with Shepard
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The 38th Cleveland International Film Festival closed last night, with record attendance of almost 98,000 movie fans over the past 12 days.
The festival’s top prize -- The Roxanne T. Mueller Audience Choice Award -- went to “Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine,” a documentary about the 21-year-old whose 1998 murder was a flash point in the gay rights movement. The film also won the Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition. Director Michele Josue grew up with Shepard, and accepted along with Judy and Dennis Shepard, Matthew's parents.
Other winners included Rob Meyer’s “A Birder’s Guide to Everything,” which won the American Independents’ Competition, and “The Starfish Throwers” -- about the efforts to end hunger -- which won the Global Health award.
And Joe Siebert’s “The Sax Man,” about the ubiquitous Cleveland street musician, won the Local Heroes Award.

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