|Bridegroom: A Love Story, Unequaled|
|Directed by||Linda Bloodworth-Thomason|
|Produced by||Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
Shane Bitney Crone
|Starring||Shane Bitney Crone
Thomas Lee Bridegroom
|Music by||Colleen McMahon|
|Edited by||Nicolas Romolini
|Organica Music Group|
|Distributed by||Virgil Films & Entertainment|
|Running time||80 minutes|
Bridegroom (full title: Bridegroom: A Love Story, Unequaled) is a 2013 American documentary film about the relationship between two young gay men, produced and directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason. Bridegroom premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival on April 23, 2013, and attracted further press coverage because its premiere screening at the festival was introduced by former President Bill Clinton.
Bridegroom chronicles the story of Shane Bitney Crone and his same-sex partner Thomas Lee "Tom" Bridegroom, who died in a tragic accident. After Bridegroom's death, Crone found himself cut off and deprived of any legal protection. The film tells the story of their 6-year-long relationship, and the struggles Crone faced after Bridegroom's death, including the family not allowing Crone to attend the funeral of his life partner.
The film had its origins in It Could Happen to You, a short film Crone released on YouTube in 2012 to mark the first anniversary of Bridegroom's death. Following extensive promotion of the video through social networking, Bloodworth-Thomason, who had once met the couple at a wedding in Palm Springs, California, contacted Crone about expanding it into a full-length film. Production began in the summer of 2012.
The film's budget of $384,375 was raised on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter, outperforming its $300,000 goal and becoming the most-funded documentary film project in the history of crowd-funding to date.
The songs used in the film include original music from the couple's friends; Colleen McMahon (solo and a duet with Tom), Ben Rector (performed by Colleen and Shane), Allison Gray (with Tom on keyboard), several snippets of Tom's own recordings, and a song from Adam Lambert who had met Shane after seeing "It Could Happen To You" on YouTube. Other original songs are performed by Benjy Gaither, Margo Rey, Nathan Young, and Lana Ranahan. The soundtrack also includes popular music from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Fun.. The soundtrack is listed on iMDb as follows:
|1.||"Same Love" (produced by Ryan Lewis)||Ben Haggerty||Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert|
|2.||"When a Heart Breaks"||Ben Rector||Shane Bitney Crone & Colleen McMahon|
|3.||"Carry On" (produced by Jeff Bhasker)||Nate Ruess, Andrew Dost, Jack Antonoff & Jeff Bhasker||Fun.|
|4.||"Outlaws of Love" (produced by Rune Westberg)||Adam Lambert, Rune Westberg & BC Jean||Adam Lambert|
|5.||"The Dance"||Tony Arata & Benjy Gaither||Nathan Young|
|6.||"Here With You"||Benjy Gaither||Benjy Gaither|
|7.||"This Holiday Night"||Margo Rey & Barrett Yeretsian||Margo Rey|
|8.||"You Belong to Me"||Pee Wee King, Chilton Price, Redd Stewart & Benjy Gaither||Margo Rey|
|9.||"Beautiful Boy"||Colleen McMahon||Colleen McMahon|
|10.||"The Christmas Song" (originally performed by Mel Tormé)||Mel Tormé & Bob Wells||Thomas Bridegroom & Colleen McMahon|
|11.||"La Mamma Morta"||Umberto Giordano & Benjy Gaither||Lana Ranahan|
The original song "If I Fall" performed by Tom and Allison Gray in a scene in the film was never studio recorded, but a video of a home performance of the full song was posted on YouTube in November 2013. (link on YouTube)
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- Bridegroom at the Internet Movie Database
- "Gay Man Honors Boyfriend's Death With Poignant Video Noting Lack Of Rights Offered To Unwed Same-Sex Couples". Huffington Post, May 8, 2012.
- "Linda Bloodworth Thomason Directing Marriage-Equality Doc 'Bridegroom'". The Hollywood Reporter, August 13, 2012.
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- Bridegroom Soundtrack on iMDb
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- Official website
- Bridegroom at the Internet Movie Database
- Bridegroom at Rotten Tomatoes
- Bridegroom at Metacritic
- Kickstarter campaign