Netflix said earlier this year that it would be bringing more documentaries and stand-up comedy specials to its service, and continues to make good on that promise.
Netflix announced today that it is has acquired BrideGroom, an award-winning documentary about two gay men – Tom and Shane – whose relationship was cut short when one of them died in a tragic accident.
The film has won a great deal of critical acclaim and awards, including the Audience Awards for Best Documentary at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, the 2013 Toronto Inside Out Festival and the 2013 Little Rock Film Festival. It also won Outstanding Documentary Feature at the 2013 Outfest in LA.
Former President Bill Clinton has commented on the film, saying, “This is really, on one level, a wonderful, sad, heartbreaking yet exhilarating 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 substance.”
Writer/director Linda Bloodworth-Thomason said, “Tom and Shane were each other’s first and only loves. They are devoted, hardworking, unassuming and funny. Each is from a small town and each, in his own way, is imbued with the best kind of small town values. They are, in fact, the sort of young people who hold within themselves the promise of America. And that is why I want to bring to life, on film, this real life Romeo and Romeo—so that all who condemn them, might come face to face with exactly what it is they are opposing.”
Crone, who is one of the film’s producers, said, “BrideGroom is not about revenge or politics. It is a film about love, forgiveness, and about finding the courage to be who you are when the world says you shouldn’t. This is my fairy tale, and Tom is, and always will be, my happy ending.”
The film will be available to Netflix subscribers on October 27th. It has a rating of 8.6 on IMDB.