BRIDEGROOM is a documentary directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason that tells the emotional journey of Shane and Tom, two young men in a loving and committed relationship — a relationship that was cut tragically short by a misstep off the side of a roof. The story of what happened after this accidental death– of how people without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves completely shut out and ostracized– is poignant, enraging and opens a window onto the issue of marriage equality like no speech or lecture ever will.
On May 7, 2012, the anniversary of Tom’s death, after a year of documenting his own grief, Shane decided to make a video tribute to his partner entitled “It Could Happen To You.” This film, posted on YouTube, received over 3.4 million views and has been translated into over 20 different languages. The impact of Shane’s YouTube video and the raw nerve it touched, tells us this is an important story that needs to be told.
With the incredible support from influential people like Brad and George Takei and Neil Patrick Harris, Bridegroom was successfully funded on July 19, 2012 by over 6,500 people on Kickstarter.com becoming the most funded documentary in the history of crowd funding, and released in the fall of 2013.
Linda Bloodworth Thomason – Director, Producer, Writer and creator of the critically acclaimed television series Designing Women, Evening Shade and Hearts Afire, has written over four-hundred-and-fifty scripts for episodic television and received numerous Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. She is also the director, producer and writer of the landmark documentary The Man from Hope, and other Clinton documentaries, including the 1996 Democratic convention film, A Place Called America, and the subsequent Democratic Convention film, Legacy, as well as the introductory film for the Clinton Presidential Library and the Senator Hillary Clinton Democratic Convention film, Hillary. Bloodworth Thomason has received the Eleanor Roosevelt Freedom of Speech Award from Americans for Democratic Action, as well as the Lucy Award from Women in Film, the GLAAD Media Award, the Women’s Legal Defense Fund Annual Award and the Silver Satellite Award, the highest honor bestowed by Women in Radio and Television.