Monday, January 27, 2014

Bridegroom



2013 American Feature

Cast: Shane Bitney Crone, Sasha Andreev, Cindy Bitney, David Crone, Judy Crone, Ronnie Kerr, Pat Managhan, Coleen McMahon and Michaela Myers
Director: Linda Bloodworth-Thomason

Synopsis:
Shane Bitney Crone's plans to marry Tom Bridegroom in California after the same-sex marriage law is passed takes a tragic turn when his partner of six years accidentally dies and Tom's family bars Shane from attending the funeral.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 8.0/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 82% / Audience: 88%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 85% / Audience: 7.7%
  • OMG rating: 5/10
  • Movie Dearest rating: C-

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Dorian Award for Documentary of the Year; also nominated for LGBT TV Show of the Year.
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary.
  • LA Outfest Audience Award for Documentary.
  • North Louisiana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Audience Award for Documentary.
  • Outflix International LGBTQ Film Festival Audience Award for Documentary.
  • Toronto Inside Out Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary.
  • Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award for Documentary.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Originated with Shane Bitney Crone's viral video titled "It Could Happen to You", posted on YouTube in 2012 to mark the first anniversary of Tom Bridegroom's death.
  • The film's budget was raised on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter, where it became the most-funded documentary film project in the history of crowd-funding to date.
  • Bridegroom's premiere at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival was introduced by former US President Bill Clinton, a longtime friend of director Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (best known for the television series Designing Women).
  • Bridegroom made its television premiere on the Oprah Winfrey Network in 2013.

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