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Tear, thanks and congrats at 'Laramie' screening

After Thursday’s El Capitan screening of HBO’s “The Laramie Project” (the docu-style drama of the Wyoming town coming to grips with Matthew Shepard’s hate-crime murder), exec producer Ted Hope said he knows the difference between New York and L.A. audiences.

“In New York, they walk out and there are all these tears,” Hope said. “In L.A., you get thanks and congratulations.”

The pic certainly had strong enough material to induce tears. Exec producer Ross Katz said a decade ago he “never would have imagined this kind of cinema coming into people’s living rooms.”

Director Moises Kaufman said he spent a year in Laramie preparing the material that became an Off Broadway play and was adapted into the film. After all the effort, he said the one thing he learned is “listening is an art we should all spend more time trying to learn.”

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