In the documentary, Bridegroom, Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom are young gay lovers who intend to marry under the California same-sex marriage law. However, a tragic accident kills Tom and leaves Shane alone and mourning. The film follows Shane in the aftermath of Tom’s death. Deprived of legal rights and protections offered by traditional marriage, Shane struggles through miles of red tape while still mourning his lover of 6 years.
Bridegroom recaps the ups and downs of Shane and Tom’s 6-year relationship through archived footage and interviews. The ultimate culmination of Shane’s experience is when Tom’s family refuses to allow Shane to participate in the funeral of his passed love, literally adding insult to injury.
“Without forcing the material into facile uplift, Bloodworth-Thomason still edges it into the realm of inspirational, never overplaying the anguish or soft-pedaling the bigotry at the heart of the story. ”
— Village Voice
“What Bridegroom celebrates is not simply gay rights; it’s the human spirit. ”
— The New York Times
“Despite the pain, sadness and vast emotional upheaval depicted here, Bridegroom is also a movie filled with hope and passion, dignity and pride, and many stirring pockets of joy.”
— Los Angeles Times
Did You Know?
Inspired by Shane Bitney Crone’s short YouTube film, It Could Happen to You, the project Bridegroom was crowd-funded through Kickstarter and extensive use of social media networks. Raising over $384,000, the project broke records as the most-funded documentary project in the history of crowdfunding.