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It’s been a challenge keeping this a secret, but I’m proud to announce that Bridegroom has been chosen to premiere at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival in April.
It’s an incredible honor to be premiering at Tribeca, a film festival that has become one of the most respected and well-known cinematic festivals in the world. I never imagined that posting a video on YouTube telling our story would result in partnering with talented producer Linda Bloodworth Thomason, followed by the most successful film fundraising campaign in the history of crowd funding, all ultimately enabling our story to be told in the feature length documentary “Bridegroom.”
The wonderful thing about getting into a popular film festival like Tribeca is not about prestige and winning awards, but rather it’s the exposure it gives a film. For us, more exposure will result in spreading our message, and that is our main goal: to show as many people as possible that every single one of us deserves the right to be who we are and love who we love, and no one, no government should prevent anyone from being treated equally under the law.
Throughout history, hundreds of thousands of people have gone through similar and more tragic experiences than me, and although this film tells our story, it represents all people who have been ostracized and discriminated against just for being who they are.
The time for everyone to have the right to marry is now, and I will continue sharing our story and promoting equality until marriage is possible for everyone. That’s what feels right in my heart, and I owe it to Tom and every single person who doesn’t have the right to fulfill their dreams of getting married to keep pushing for equality.
Thank you to everyone for your continued support. There wouldn’t be a film if it weren’t for you. I look forward to continuing this journey with all of you. I hope to see you at one of the screenings at Tribeca.
Shane Bitney Crone