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

- It was a four-story fall...

From the top of the roof

to the concrete pavement below.

He had just passed

his 29th birthday.

-911. Can I help you?

- I need a paramedic. He fell.

- How far did he fall?

- He fell four stories,

which would be 40 feet.

Blood in his mouth,

and other than that,

I don't know

if there's any other injuries.

- We had been texting each other all day.

His name was tom.

And he was my life.

At the beginning

of our relationship,

Tom and I bonded over

the many similarities we had.

We both grew up listening

to country music.

Garth brooks is our favorite

country artist.

And, somehow, we both agreed

that "the dance"

Is our favorite country song.

If there was ever a person

To truly emulate the lyrics

of this song, it was tom.

- # holding you

- Holding you...

- # I held everything

- ... I held everything.

- # for a moment

- For a moment...

- # wasn't I the king?

- ... Wasn't I the king?

- # but if I'd only known

# how the king would fall

# hey, who's to say

# you know,

I might have changed it all #

# and I

# I'm glad I didn't know

# the way it all would end

# the way it all would go

# our lives

# are better left to chance

# I could have missed the pain

# but I'd have had to miss

# the dance

- Kalispell, montana, is probably

not the easiest place

To have a child grow up

who is gay.

Our community is...

You don't want to say


But, you know, they're rural,

And so they don't accept

people who are different.

The day shane was born,

I had to get a special leave

from the hospital

To go sign my divorce papers.

So I was the talk

of the hospital

'cause we're a small,

little town,

And that was kind of

a special moment in my life.

- I think that, you know,

They might have gotten married

too soon, possibly,

And they kind of

just grew apart.

My dad, he's a character.

He was a wrestler in college,

and he loves hunting.

I would go hunting with my dad,

And all of a sudden,

After he'd shoot a deer,

I would end up in tears,

'cause I kept

thinking "bambi"...

Like, "my dad just shot

bambi. "

After a while,

he stopped taking me hunting.

I made a deal with my dad,

growing up,

That I would try

all different sports.

- He tried baseball.

He tried basketball.

He tried them all.

I remember one loss they had,

And shane hardly played at all,

but, boy, he took it hard.

And that was pretty cute,

But he wasn't much

of a contributor.

- My first memory of shane

was at a school play,

And he was just singing,


Whatever he could do

to entertain, he was doing it.

We had made a car.

We used red glitter.

And shane wanted that car

like none other.

- He was in fourth grade,

And I remember

him telling his teacher

That, when he graduated

from high school,

He was going to california.

And I just thought,

"why is that?"

You know,

that just seemed so strange.

- I particularly remember

him singing barbra streisand.

He was running

around the room in circles

And singing

right in everyone's face...

# you don't bring me flowers

Like, just so charismatic

and so unafraid.

- I was in elementary school,

And what I would do sometimes


I didn't want to go to bed,

And my mom

would tell me to go to bed,

And then I would sneak out

And sit behind her recliner

and watch the tv,

'cause I wanted

to kind of be a little rebel.

One time, she was watching

the movie "philadelphia. "


it got to the end of the movie,

And I knew

that this guy was gay,

And I knew that he was sick

And he was dying

because of being gay,

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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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