“Bridegroom,” the documentary about the abiding love of Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom, and Shane’s journey after the tragic death of Tom, the love of his life, will have its television debut on the Oprah Winfrey Network on October 27 at 10 PM. Their story has been viewed over four million times on YouTube, which inspired Linda Bloodworth Thomason (Designing Women) to create a full documentary:
The film depicts the true-life tale of Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom, two gentle-natured young men in a loving and committed relationship that was cut tragically short when Bridegroom accidentally slipped off the side of a roof. The doc becomes a harrowing examination of how people without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves completely shut out and ostracized.
When the former president introduced a screening of the film at the Tribeca film festival in April he remarked, “This is really on one level a wonderful, sad, heartbreaking yet exhilarating and life affirming story and on another level it’s a story about our nation’s struggle to make one more step in forming a more perfect union, for which marriage is both the symbol and substance.”
Watch the trailer below, but grab a tissue first: