Synopsis: BRIDEGROOM 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 3.2 million hits and inspired over 50 thousand e-mails and comments on YouTube and Facebook. The impact of Shane's original film and the raw nerve it touched, tells us this is an important story that needs to be brought to the world stage.
Genre: Documentary
Production: Virgil Films
  8 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
80 min

And that really...

it struck a chord with me

'cause I knew

that... I was like him.

That guy liked another guy,

and look what happened...

He kept getting thinner,

he kept getting pale,

And there was like sores

on his face and his body,

And I just remember thinking

that, "that's gonna be me.

That's gonna happen to me. "

- He got quieter,

And he wasn't as fun

to be around.

You could tell that something

was always on his mind,

Something was always

bothering him,

But you never knew

what it was.

- One night, I remember

shane coming into my room,

And he said,

"mom, I'm dying of a. I.D.S."

And I said, "honey,

why are you saying that?"

And he goes,

"well, because of that movie. "

And I said, "well, honey,

you don't have a. I.D.S."

And that's when I really noticed

Shane starting to have

panic attacks.

- He felt like

he couldn't breathe.

And we would have to say,

"you've got to put a sack

over your head. "

He didn't like doing it,

But when he was at my house,

we put a sack over his head.

- So as time went on,

I would sneak into one

of the bedrooms in our house

And I would dial 911

and tell them that I was dying.

- And all of a sudden,

I see these flashing lights

in the driveway,

And I thought,

"what is going on?"

And I go upstairs,

and here is the ambulance

Saying that somebody

is in distress in this home.

Somebody was choking.

Somebody was suffocating.

- It led to her being like,

you know, "shane, god damn it!

The cops are here again. "

- From sixth grade, till I got

that kid through high school,

I didn't know

if I was gonna survive.

I bet 10, 15 times

he called 911.

The money

That it, you know,

cost me through the years...

It was very stressful.

But it was real to him,

and I knew it was real to him,

And I wanted him to feel

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Linda Bloodworth-Thomason

Linda Joyce Bloodworth-Thomason (born April 15, 1947) is an American writer and television producer. She is best known for creating, writing, and producing several television series, most successfully with the series Designing Women. She and her husband, Harry Thomason, are also notable for their friendship with former President Bill Clinton and his family. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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