Dec 092013

The Prytania Theatre will host a screening Tuesday evening of “Bridegroom,” a documentary exploring issues of marriage equality from the perspective of a man who lost his partner in a tragic accident and was afterward left without any legal protections that marriage would have provided.

The screening starts at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and tickets are $15. For more details, see the information below from the film’s website:

The acclaimed documentary Bridegroom is changing hearts and minds through the story of Shane and Tom, two young men in a loving and committed relationship — a relationship that was cut short when a tragic accident took Tom’s life and left Shane shut out and ostracized without the legal protections of marriage. The film has partnered with the Love is Louder movement to amplify Shane’s story and remind us of the power of love and the importance of equality.

Shane and Love is Louder are bringing the film and those reminders to the Prytania Theater on Tuesday, November 10th. Proceeds from the event will support Love is Louder’s programs, clubs and events that are creating more inclusive, supportive campuses and communities across the country and around the world. Screening tickets are $15 and include the film and a short Q&A with Shane after the film. VIP tickets are available for $50 and include a cocktail reception with Shane before the film.

The cocktail reception will be from 6 to 7 PM. The screening and Q&A will run from 7:30 to 9:30 PM.

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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 becoming the most funded documentary in the history of crowd funding, and released in the fall of 2013.


Born on December 19, 1985, in Kalispell, Montana, Shane Bitney Crone grew up with the nickname “Motor Mouth.” Now that name seems even more appropriate in light of his recent YouTube video, which went viral with almost three million hits. From a young age, Shane has used his considerable voice on behalf of good causes, inspiring others through his talent and actions. In Montana, he also regularly performed at the Missoula Children’s Theater International Performing Arts Camp. During high school, he was active in the community and was awarded Student of the Year for his leadership.

Shane worked part time to earn money so he could pursue his dream of moving to Los Angeles after graduation. Armed with this money and with all of his worldly belongings in the trunk of his car, Shane headed to California without a job, but with an abundance of ambition and willingness to work hard. He soon landed a position on Entertainment Tonight as a production assistant and was subsequently promoted to talent coordinator.

In 2005, Shane met his partner, Tom Bridegroom. Shane and Tom started a social media/public relations company, Bridegroom and Bitney, in 2008. In 2011, the devastating accident which took Tom’s life, turned Shane’s world upside down. Shane has now vowed to devote himself to the cause of marriage equality and is currently entertaining speaking requests from around the world. Shane partnered with “Designing Women” creator and director and producer of the critically acclaimed “Man from Hope,” Linda Bloodworth Thomason, in order to make a documentary film about his and Tom’s life together and what happened in the aftermath of Tom’s death. The film will be entitled Bridegroom, An American Love Story.

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