The acclaimed documentary Bridegroom has gone from being one of the darling's of this year's film festival circuit to getting its world television premiere on Oprah Winfrey's cable channel.
Producer Shane Bitney Crone made the announcement via Facebook today (3 October) that the film will air on OWN on 27 October.
'I’m immensely grateful to Oprah and everyone at OWN for helping share my story which will hopefully generate discussions and open hearts and minds,' Crone said.
The television premiere will come less than two weeks after the film is released theatrically in Los Angeles on 18 October.
The film is directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason of Designing Women fame and grew from a YouTube video made by Crone that went viral.
Crone made the video to channel his grief over the loss of Tom Bridegroom, his partner of six years, who was killed in an accidental fall. His grief was compounded when Bridegroom’s family banned him from the funeral and tried to erase all evidence of their happy life together.
The video 'was a big step in kind of finally just speaking up for myself,' Crone told Gay Star News earlier this year. 'I didn't know that it would go viral and that it would touch so many people. When you hear from people that they feel like they can't use their voice because they live in a small town or their families don't accept them, that kind of empowers me and makes me feel like I have an obligation to speak up for them.'
While the film has many sad moments, the love the two shared comes through so strongly via videos, photos, text messages and interviews.
'We spent so much of our relationship hiding it so it's kind of cool that although he's not here, the people can see that we were in love and they can experience it and that I can now be proud of it,' Crone says.