Bridegroom (full title: Bridegroom: A Love Story, Unequaled) is a 2013 American documentary film about the relationship between two young gay men, produced and directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason. Bridegroom premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival on April 23, 2013, and attracted further press coverage because its premiere screening at the festival was introduced by former President Bill Clinton.
The film won the festival’s Audience Award for Best Documentary Film, and jointly received the 2014 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary.
‘Bridegroom’ chronicles the story of Shane Bitney Crone and his partner Thomas Lee ‘Tom’ Bridegroom, who died in a tragic accident. Thom Bridegroom, 29, Woodland Hills, Calif., formerly of Knox, died Saturday, May 7, 2011. He accidentally fell off of the roof of his friend’s four story building. He is survived by his partner of six years, the man he wanted to marry Shane Bitney Crone.
After Bridegroom’s death, Crone found himself cut off and deprived of any legal protection. The film tells the story of their 6-year-long relationship, and the struggles Crone faced after Bridegroom’s death, including the family not allowing Crone to attend the funeral of his life partner.
The story is told by Shane Bitney Crone, family and friends, and is vèry touching! It’s one of the most ‘beautiful’ films I’ve èver seen!
Happy times. Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom in high in the mountains of Machu Picciu, Peru.
There are many words that one could use to describe beloved Thomas Lee Bridegroom. When speaking of him, people consistently refer to him as one of the kindest, most vivacious people that they have ever known. Tom was indeed kind to every person that crossed his path, and he was indeed a genuine lover of life.
Tom was born and raised in Knox, Indiana, and attended the prestigious Culver Military Academy for high school, where he excelled academically, musically, and athletically. After graduating from CMA Cum Laude, Tom spent a year abroad in England as part of the English Speaking Union student exchange program before he enrolled in Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. At Vassar, Tom trained in voice and piano and developed skills that continued to grow throughout his life.
Although successful in his academic career at Vassar, Tom made the decision to leave school early and pursue his true calling: a career in the entertainment industry. Tom’s life in LA flourished with success, starting with his debut as the ‘Boy Next Door’ in Teen People to founding successful business ventures including ‘iMusic Daily’ and Bridegroom and Bitney Public Relations.
Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom in the city of love, Paris, France.
For most of us that knew Tom, we also knew Tom as Shane’s caring and loving life partner. The two of them were almost always together, embarking on travel adventures and career endeavors together, inspiring and guiding each other in all of their ambitions. Their relationship was a blessing, to the two of them and to everyone who had the great privilege of knowing them.
Tom lived as we all should — shamelessly, laughing loudly, smiling largely, extending his talents and time to his friends, believing in himself, and always loving. According to his friends, Tom once described himself as ‘a small town boy with both feet firmly planted on the ground’.
The only thing small about Tom was that town he came from in Indiana. For all that knew Tom, you know how truly blessed you were to have the honor of his incredible friendship, and there is no doubt that he was truly an exceptional soul.
Tom was buried at Winamac Cemetery, Winamac, Pulaski County, Indiana, USA.
Bridegroom made its television premiere on October 27, 2013, on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The film was also released on DVD. For instant streaming you can see the movie on Netflix….
Link to the documentary about his amazing love story with his partner, Shane Bitney Crone. BridegroomMovie
by Jean Amr