U.S. cable network OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has picked up the Tribeca Film Festival audience award-winning documentary Bridegroom (pictured).
Directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and inspired by a viral YouTube video, the film is about unmarried gay couple Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom, whose relationship is cut short when Bridegroom dies in tragic accident. His family then legally bars Crone from attending the funeral.
OWN will air the doc as part of a gay-themed programming block on Sunday, October 27, the same day it becomes available on streaming service Netflix. It will be preceded by a “Gay in Hollywood” edition of Oprah’s Next Chapter, featuring interviews with celebs Wanda Sykes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Dan Bucatinsky.
Bridegroom premiered earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York where it was introduced by former U.S. President Bill Clinton and won an audience award. It was produced, written and directed by Bloodworth Thomason. Crone, Harry Thomason, Allen Crowe and Douglas Jackson also served as producers.