Bridegroom (film)

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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
Cinematography Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
Edited by Nicolas Romolini
Patricia Barnett
Brad Durante
Organica Music Group
Distributed by Virgil Films & Entertainment
Release date
  • April 23, 2013 (2013-04-23)
Running time
80 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $385,000

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.[1] Bridegroom premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival on April 23, 2013,[2] and attracted further press coverage because its premiere screening at the festival was introduced by former President Bill Clinton.[3]

The film won the festival's Audience Award for Best Documentary Film.[4] The film jointly received the 2014 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary alongside Call Me Kuchu.


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.[5]


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.[6] 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.[7] Production began in the summer of 2012.[7]

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.[8]


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.[9] 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:[10]

No. Title Writer(s) Performer Length
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)


Bridegroom received very positive reviews; on Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an 82% "fresh" rating.[11] On Metacritic, the film has an 85/100 rating, indicating "universal acclaim".[12]


Bridegroom made its television premiere on October 27, 2013, on the Oprah Winfrey Network.[13] The film was released for instant streaming on Netflix and on DVD on November 19, 2013.[13]


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