“Bridegroom,” is a powerful documentary that spawned out of a heartbreaking viral video, and now Indiewire has gotten a hold of an exclusive clip. Virgil Films released it onto DVD and iTunes this past Tuesday.
From the synopsis:
On May 7, 2011, a young man named Shane Bitney Crone tragically lost the love of his life, Tom Bridegroom, to an accident. Because they were’t married (and despite the partners having been together for six years), Shane had no legal claim to Tom after he died. Tom’s family banned Shane from the funeral, he was unable to say goodbye to his love, and he received no survivor benefits. On May 7, 2012, the first anniversary of Tom’s death, Shane posted a video on YouTube titled “It Could Happen to You.” He created it to honor his partner and show the world what can happen when two people committed to each other are legally barred from the rights and protections afforded by marriage. The video went viral, ultimately receiving over 2 million views on YouTube and inspiring thousands of emails and comments on YouTube and Facebook, including heartfelt reactions from such celebrities as Neil Patrick Harris, Fran Drescher and Denise Richards.
“Bridegroom” won Best Documentary at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. To tell the poignant story, director Linsa Bloodworth-Thomason included interviews, photos and videos that shed light on the struggles same-sex couples face due to marriage inequality.