Irish Premier of Bridegroom at the Liberties Festival
In 2012 on the first anniversary of his partner Tom Bridegroom’s death, Shane uploaded a short video about the anguish he was experiencing to YouTube, entitled It Could Happen To You. It quickly became viral and is now approaching 5 million views. This led to the feature length film Bridegroom which was funded through Kickstarter and premiered at Tribeca Film Festival last year, with an introduction by Bill Clinton.
It is a gripping documentation of Shane’s life with Tom and his devastating experience following Tom’s death in a tragic accident aged 29. Tom’s family had refused to accept Tom’s sexuality or to acknowledge their relationship. Shane was denied hospital visits and other rights afforded to married and same-sex couples. He was threatened with violence should he attend Tom’s funeral in his Indiana hometown.
Bridegroom is both an intimate portrayal of a beautiful relationship and a powerful exploration of the tragic results of homophobia. It is heart breaking yet life affirming; funny, brave and forgiving. Produced and directed by Linda Bloodworth Thomason, the film has received critical acclaim and won numerous awards including Audience Awards for Best Documentary at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, the 2013 Toronto Inside Out Festival and the 2013 Little Rock Film Festival. It also won Outstanding Documentary Feature at the 2013 Outfest in LA and jointly received the 2014 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary.
This exclusive and intimate Liberties Festival screening in the beautiful Wood Quay Venue will be followed by a Q&A with Shane Bitney Crone on his first ever visit to Ireland for the film’s Irish premiere.
Bridegroom. A Love Story. Unequaled. A film byLinda Bloodworth Thomason
Wednesday 16 July 2014| Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8
Doors Open @ 6.30pm | Screening @ 7pm (81 mins) followed by Q&A with Shane Bitney Crone
Free | Tickets must be reserved owing to limited availability