Heartbreaking Gay Film Earns Award, Presidential Praise

By: Diane Anderson-Minshall

Shane Bitney Crone's devastating 2012 YouTube video, chronicling his relationship with his late fiancé, inspired Bridegroom, the documentary directed and co-produced by Designing Women creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason.

That riveting and moving documentary about love and loss was announced this past weekend as the winner of Tribeca Film Festival's Heineken Audience Award, which comes with a cash prize of $25,000.

"We are shocked. We were so grateful to just be selected for the Festival; we never imagined we would win the audience award," said Bloodworth-Thomason. "Hopefully the power of this story will propel the film into theaters across America and beyond.”

Former President Bill Clinton introduced Bridegroom at the film's premiere, saying, "This is really on one level a wonderful, sad, heartbreaking, yet exhilirating 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 the substance. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did."

Check out the trailer for Bridegroom below.

(Via Advocate)