What it's about: "The journey of two young men in a committed relationship cut short by an accidental death, opening a window on the issue of marriage equality like no speech ever will. "
What else should audiences know?: "I hope people will see Shane and Tom’s story as a cautionary tale. I
hope everyone who views the film will hold their gay children, brothers,
sisters, and friends a little closer. I also hope they will be newly
or even more appalled by the colossal stupidity of this seemingly
endless debate involving who should be allowed to love whom and how they
should be allowed to express it. And finally, I hope all the parents
who see this will make sure that not one more gay child hangs himself in
a closet or jumps off a bridge."
On her biggest challenges: "Money. This is not the most popular subject for which to raise
financing for a film. And music. There are a number of musicians and
songwriters out there who are very much afraid of losing their fan base."
What she hopes audiences will walk away with: "The political, legal and cultural goals of "Bridegroom" are obvious. But on a more visceral level, I wanted to cinematically show that gay love is no different than straight love—that, for example, Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw in Love Story and Leo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Titanic are really not that different from our real life characters, Shane and Tom. Gay relationships have been misrepresented and misunderstood for so long in real life and cinema. People have already heard the intellectual and philosophical arguments. I felt it was important to present a compelling gay couple who is every bit as romantic and winning as their most appealing straight counterparts, not to mention faithful and loving. I believe understanding and admiring a relationship is the beginning of accepting it. Truthfully, I also wanted to make rednecks cry."
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their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and
what they're doing next. We'll be publishing their responses leading up
to the 2013 festival.
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