Shane Crone’s Tragic Story to Be a Hollywood Movie
The Hollywood celeb whose viral video advocated for same-sex rights is now looking to take it to the next level
Shane Crone, celebrity-turned-activist, will be telling his story through a publicly-funded movie.
His partner Tom Bridegroom of just under five years fell from a roof while photographing a model - his sometimes job and always hobby. The fall killed Bridegroom, and the ensuing ordeal that Crone faced, trying to deal medically, emotionally, financially and otherwise with a deceased partner to whom he wasn’t more than a friend according to the law, was more than he could bear. Crone made a short video about it all and submitted it to YouTube. When SFGN originally wrote about Crone in early May, the video had two million hits. As of print time, that number is closer to three million.
But Crone is past that YouTube video these days, and had started a project to make a film about his story. He threw the idea up on www.Kickstarter.com, a site that allows people to pitch the public for donations to complete their projects. As of print time, Crone reached his $300,000 goal, and then some. His Kickstarter page, appropriately called ’Bridegroom - An American Love Story,’ is set to announce its completion on Thursday, July 19. It features a new video about Crone’s and Bridegroom’s story, as well.
"We wanted to get married - that’s the highest form of commitment. Because we weren’t married, I wasn’t able to be there for him when I should have been," Crone told SFGN. "It’s not just his family that got in the way, it was also the government that got in the way."
The Kickstarter site explains that the purpose of the film is really to educate its viewers on what it’s like to experience a tragedy without full rights.
"The story of what happened after [Bridegroom’s] accidental death- of how people without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves completely shut out and ostracized-- is poignant, enraging," the site reads. "[It] opens a window onto the issue of marriage equality like no speech or lecture ever will."
As of press time, the project had 6,012 backers, or people who’ve donated money to make it.