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Tribeca ’13: “Bridegroom” takes audience prize

The Tribeca Film Festival's audiences picked Bridegroom, a personal story set around a battle for marriage equality, as its documentary favorite.
April 29, 2013

The Tribeca Film Festival’s (TFF) audiences picked Bridegroom, a personal story set around a battle for marriage equality, as its documentary favorite.

Directed by Linda Bloodworth Thomason, the doc picked up a cash prize of US$25,000 along with the title of being a Heineken Audience Award winner.

Bridegroom tells the story of Shane and Tom, who were in a committed relationship before the accidental death of Tom. Shane is left fighting to be recognized as his partner’s legitimate counterpart.

“We are shocked. We were so grateful to just be selected for the festival; we never imagined we would win the audience award,” said Bloodworth Thomason. “Hopefully the power of this story will propel the film into theaters across America and beyond.”

Films in the world narrative competition, world documentary competition, viewpoints, spotlight and midnight sections were all eligible for the audience awards. The Rocket, directed by Kim Mordaunt, won in the narrative category.

Bridegroom joins Kill Team and Oxyana as Tribeca Film Festival winners.

“Our audiences have chosen two films that testify to the power of the human spirit and hope for change,” said Genna Terranova, TFF director of programming. “Whether it’s the fight for marriage equality in the U.S. or a boy struggling against all odds in war-torn Laos, audiences were clearly moved by these two inspiring stories.”

 

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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