With gay marriage finally passed in Illinois along comes a film that shows exactly why it is so important that we have equal rights.
Born from the YouTube video entitled It Could Happen To You, the documentary Bridegroom tells the story of Shane Bitney Crone and his partner Tom Bridegroom. After Bridegroom’s tragic death Crone is ostracized by his partner’s family and quickly shown how equal rights would have changed the funeral proceedings.
Director Linda Bloodworth-Thomason pieced together footage to make a film that makes audiences chuckle as well as weep by the end. Bridegroom was screened all over the world then finally for Oprah Winfrey Network and Netflix on the same day. Pick it up to show your friends and family available on DVD November 19.
November is a hot month for gay themed movies such a Dallas Buyers Club being released over the weekend. Matthew McConaughey transforms himself in this true story about Ron Woodroof, a Texas electrician, who becomes HIV-positive and how it changes his life. Jared Leto is a must see as Rayon and may be an Oscar contender this year.
While you are at Landmark Century Cinema hop over to Philomena opening November 22. Another true story based on a journalist taken on a journey with a woman named Philomena Lee played by Judi Dench a birthmother looking for her lost child. The preview gives too much away so I won’t tell you more about it but this story of adoption, nuns, and a gay fella really hit home with this Nunn.
If you need more queer cinema head over to Reeling Film Festival this week and look for interviews from the stars coming soon! Complete schedule is at reelingfilmfestival.org/