BRIDEGROOM, an upcoming film that tells the emotional journey of Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom, two young men in a loving and committed relationship that was cut tragically short by a misstep off the side of a roof, has released its first trailer, and is set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on April 23.
LGBTQ Nation readers may remember the devastating video, “It Could Happen to You,” that inspired the film.
On May 7, 2012, the anniversary of Tom’s death, after a year of documenting his own grief, Shane decided to make a video tribute to Tom following his tragic and sudden death. The film, posted on YouTube, has been viewed more than 3.5 million times.
After the video went viral, a production team team led by Shane and director Linda Bloodworth Thomason launched a record-breaking funding campaign to turn the video into a documentary of Shane and Tom’s story.
Almost one year later, the story of what happened after this accidental death – of how people without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves completely shut out and ostracized – is poignant, enraging and opens a window onto the issue of marriage equality like no speech or lecture ever will.
Watch the trailer:
If you missed hearing about this story last year, Shane tells it in his own words here.
The video that inspired the movie, “It Could Happen to You,” is here.
For more about the movie, click here.