The emotionally driven documentary “Bridegroom” screens for the first time this Sunday, April 13 at 11am at San Francisco’s Opera Plaza Cinema. Tickets are only $10 online and $12 at the door – and prizes to be given away.
I’ve written about this film numerous times over the past year as I feel as it has affected me on every level and I want to do what I can to make sure the film is seen by as many people as possible, going as far as securing the theatre and hosting the event.
While a documentary, “Bridegroom” is the greatest love story that I have ever seen. The true love of Thomas Bridegroom and Shane Bitney Crone is stronger than any fictional love story that can come out of the minds of great writers. Tragedy hits Thomas when he falls off a roof. Not only does Shane have to deal with this situation, but he is faced with homophobia of Thomas’ family and is prevented from seeing him in the hospital as he is not “family.” The movie also serves as an eye opener to anyone – gay or straight – who is in a long term relationship without the benefit of marriage or legal union.
Sure you could have watched it on Oprah’s network or even on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video or OnDemand. But the story that depicts the true life love story of our time I think needs to be seen with a group of people, surrounded by love, friendship and tolerance.
Also, watching at home won’t get you access to some of the DVDs I will be giving away during the April 13 event. Giveaways include an authographed copy of the DVD of "Bridegroom" as well as a signed copy of the first season of "Designing Women." Plus, a pair of tickets will be given out to the wonderful dragploitation show, now playing at Rebel Bar, entitled "Sh** & Champagne" as well as a DVD of the popular gay film "Pit Stop."
The reason "Designing Women" is connected to this film is the film's director, Linda Bloodworth Thomason also made the TV series. We will be screening a special episode of "Designing Women," entitled "Killing All the Right People," which is based upon prejudice that her mother faced when she was one an early victim to AIDS. That situation helped strengthen Bloodworth Thomason's commitment to gay rights, decency and equal rights for all..
April is the perfect time to screen this movie as I am doing it in conjunction with Thomas Bridegroom’s birthday. I also hope people donate to two wonderful causes in lieu of birthday presents since Thomas is no longer with us.
One of the charities, which was involved in the red carpet screening of the film at its Los Angeles premiere last year, is Love is Louder, which was started by MTV, actress Brittany Snow and the Jed Foundation. It has become a nationwide movement that helps and supports anyone who feels mistreated, misunderstood and alone. Individuals, communities, schools and organizations have embraced Love is Louder as a way to address with issues like bullying, negative self-image, discrimination, loneliness and depression. Even as we work to stop negative words and actions that hurt us, we can strengthen our abilities to cope with hard times, focus on the positive, support the people around us and reach out for help if we need it. Join the movement at www.loveislouder.com.
When it made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival (and won the award for Best Documentary), “Bridegroom” was introduced by former President Bill Clinton, a longtime friend of the movie's director, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason. In his introduction, Clinton said: "This is really, on one level, a wonderful, sad, heartbreaking yet exhilarating and life-affirming story. And on another level, it's a story about our nation's struggle to make one more step in forming a more perfect union, for which marriage is both the symbol and substance."
Get tickets for Sunday’s screening at www.bridegroommovie.eventbrite.com.