Early last year the heartbreaking documentary short, It Could Happen To You, went viral and was watched by millions. It told the story of Shane Bitney Crone and his boyfriend Tom. When tom tragically died, Shane found himself completely frozen out by his boyfriend’s homophobic family, with no recourse as his rights were not recognised.
A couple of months later plans were announced to turn the short into a feature length documentary. At the time it became to highest funded Kickstarter project in history, with over $384,000 pledged to ensure the film became a reality.
Now the trailer for the final documentary, Bridegroom, has been released, which you can watch above. It certainly looks like it’s going to be a moving, emotive film that’ll be well worth watching. Bridegroom will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Shane Bitney Crone commented to Towleroad, “Tom and I were not perfect, but we were perfect for each other. Our love was undeniable, and when I lost him, I lost a large part of myself. No matter how hard Tom’s family tries; they can never erase the love that Tom and I had for each other, and the life that we started together. If Tom and I were legally married, I would never have been so easily disregarded, and knowing that Tom would have wanted his family to embrace me, makes me more determined to fight for this cause. I will never be able to hold Tom again, or tell him that I love him, but this movie may convince many opponents to reconsider their stance on marriage equality, not for me or for Tom, but for love.”