Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Laramie Project

2002 American Television Movie

Cast: Nestor Carbonell, Christina Ricci, Dylan Baker, Terry Kinney, Lou Ann Wright, Laura Linney, Peter Fonda, Jeremy Davies, Camryn Manheim, Clea DuVall, Frances Sternhagen, Michael Emerson, Steve Buscemi, Janeane Garofalo, Joshua Jackson, Ben Foster, Amy Madigan, Clancy Brown, Bill Irwin and Lois Smith
Writer/Director: Moisés Kaufman, based on the play by Moisés Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project

Playwright Moisés Kaufman and members of New York's Tectonic Theater Project travel to Laramie, Wyoming to interview its residents following the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 92% / Audience: 77%

  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Berlin International Film Festival First Movie Award - Special Mention.
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Television Movie.
  • Humanitas Prize, 90 Minute or Longer Network Category.
  • L.A. Outfest Special Programming Committee Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement.
  • National Board of Review Award for Best Film Made for Cable TV.
  • Producers Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Long-Form Television.
  • Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Made for Television Movie, Directing, Writing and Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special.

  • The original play was first produced at The Ricketson Theatre by the Denver (Colorado) Center Theatre Company in 2000, followed by an Off-Broadway run later that same year.
  • The Tectonic Theater Project consisted of members Stephen Belber, Leigh Fondakowski, Amanda Gronich, Sara Lambert, John McAdams, Maude Mitchell, Greg Pierotti, Barbara Pitts, Andy Paris, Kelli Simpkins and Stephen Wangh.
  • Characters based on the participants in the actual events dramatized in the movie include Moisés Kaufman, Romaine Patterson and Matthew's parents Dennis and Judy Shepard.
  • Premiered on HBO the same night that NBC first aired their Matthew Shepard film The Matthew Shepard Story.

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  • Matthew Shepard is also the subject of the television biopics Anatomy of a Hate Crime and The Matthew Shepard Story and the documentaries Laramie Inside Out and Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine.

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