Documentary puts spotlight on life and death of Knox native, CMA grad

A documentary film with local connections has made national headlines recently.

“Bridegroom” aired Sunday on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN television network and was subsequently released on the online video website Netflix. Many have described the film, which premiered earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, as the most recent rallying point in the ongoing national debate over same-sex marriage.

Tom Bridegroom died in May, 2011, after an accidental fall from the roof of a four-story building during a photo shoot. Shane Crone, Bridegroom's partner, alleges, in the film, that Bridegroom’s family rejected him when they came to California to claim the body and transport it back to Indiana, where the funeral would take place. Crone says he was barred from attending the funeral by some members of Bridegroom’s family.

“Bridegroom” was largely financed through a Kickstarter online campaign, from donations, and produced and directed by Linda Bloodworth Thomason, producer of the popular “Designing Women” TV series.

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