Netflix has given millions of homes the opportunity to go on a watching binge, catching up on season-after-season of hit television shows. Apparently not content, the company started distributing new television programming(a fourth season of Arrested Development, Orange is the New Black), collecting two Creative Arts Emmys(for the Kevin Spacey-starrer House of Cards) in the process. Now the streaming service has its sights set on motion picture rights.
Netflix has acquired the rights to "Bridegroom", an Audience Award-winning documentary at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. The film follows the aftermath of a tragic accident that forever separated Shane Bitney Crone and his partner Tom Bridegroom. Bitney Crone produced the film.
"Bridegroom" was inspired by "It Could Happen To You", a YouTube video Bitney Crone produced in May 2012, following the death of Tom in 2011. The video highlighted marriage inequality, and has been viewed over four million times. Linda Bloodworth Thomason(the creator of the television series Designing Women) wrote and directed the film.
"Tom and Shane were each other's first and only loves. They are devoted, hardworking, unassuming and funny. Each is from a small town and each, in his own way, is imbued with the best kind of small town values," Bloodworth Thomason said. "They are, in fact, the sort of young people who hold within themselves the promise of America. And that is why I want to bring to life, on film, this real life Romeo and Romeo - so that all who condemn them, might come face-to-face with exactly what it is they are opposing."
In addition to collecting the Audience Award for Best Documentary at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, "Bridegroom" won Outstanding Documentary Feature at the 2013 Outfest in Los Angeles. Netflix subscribers will have the opportunity to see the film beginning October 27.