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WATCH: Bridegroom on OWN Tomorrow Night

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Shane Bitney CroneAn amazing film is airing on Oprah Winfrey’s network tomorrow night. The documentary “Bridegroom” tells the story of a gay couple separated by a tragic death, and what happened afterward.

The Huffington Post reports:

Shane Bitney Crone, the subject and producer of the documentary “Bridegroom” premiering Sunday night on OWN, became an accidental activist for LGBT when the unthinkable happened: He lost the love of his life, Tom Bridegroom, in a tragic accident. The couple had been together for 6 years and shared a mortgage, a business and a pet — but without the legal protection of marriage, Crone could not stop what happened next. “I received a phone call from one of Tom’s relatives and she wanted to let me know that I was not welcome to attend his funeral — because if I do show up, his uncle and his father had planned an attack,” Crone says in the film.

We had the good fortune to meet Shane at the Portland Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, where Bridegroom was screened as the opening night film. He’s an amazing guy, and this is an amazing movie – encourage your friends and relatives to see it. It will change people’s minds about how they view same-sex relationships.

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“Bridegroom” is All About Love

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

There’s a scene in the new documentary film Bridegroom that touched us with its simple grace. For those who haven’t yet heard of the movie, it’s the follow-up to a short YouTube video about a gay man, Shane Bitney Crone, whose partner Tom Bridegroom dies in a tragic fall. The video went viral – you can see it here:

In the scene, Shane has just lost his partner of 6 years, and Tom’s mother has flown the body back home to Indiana from California. On the way to the funeral, Shane gets a call from one of Tom’s family members telling him he’s not invited.

And Shane’s response? To tell his own friends and family to let Tom’s parents off the hook because they were going through grief too.

Shane and TomWhat could have been a bitter film about the unfairness of the way gays and lesbian coupless are treat instead shines as a testimony to an amazing love story, and it’s a stronger argument for that decision.

Yes, the unfairness is a part of it all, from Shane being shut out of his partner’s hospital room by hospital officials to the inhumane treatment he receives from Tom’s family afterwards.

But the impression you’re left with after watching the film is that you’ve just seen an amazing love story that these two remarkable young men shared, and how just-like-everyone-else they really were.

We were lucky enough to catch the film on opening night at the Portland Lesbian and Gay Film Festival – and Shane was there too to answer audience questions.

The film is exploding on the gay film circuit festival at the moment, and has been picked up by OWN, Netflix, and reviewed by the New York Times.

Scott, Shane, MarkWe talked with Shane after the fact at the opening night after party. He’s a kind, self-effacing guy who really just wants to get his story out there in the hopes that it will help someone else.

Indeed, at the Q&A after the film, one woman credited Bridegroom with turning her mother around on the issue of marriage equality.

Directed by Linda Bloodworth Thomason (Designing Women) and produced by Shane himself, the film finds the joy in their life together, and the tragedy in the unexpected event that cut it short.

If you have the chance, catch this one at your local film festival. If not, you can see it on OWN later this month, or streaming on Netflix. Show it to your friends or loved ones – it might change their minds.