The Laramie Project was first created for the stage, but Moises Kaufman has done a
superb job of adapting it to the cinematic medium. It is remarkable in both concept and execution.
A team of interviewers descended upon Laramie, Wyoming following the Matthew Shephard murder to interview a
couple hundred townspeople about their own reactions to the incident and its thunderous aftermath. The
resulting transcripts became the dialogue for their creative effort, guided by Kaufman.
The film provides a powerful glimpse into the soul of this small college city. A viewer begins to
understand the voices of fear and tolerance that are reflective of attitudes throughout the U.S. and, I suspect,
elsewhere in the world.
If you haven’t seen the stage version, you really need to see this film. If you have been fortunate enough
to see The Laramie Project on stage, then take this opportunity to appreciate the marvelous effort to
transfer the emotional intensity to the silver screen. This is a “must see” regardless of your sexual