The day’s not done, but I’ve seen two excellent films at the Little Rock Film Festival. “Muscle Shoals” was a tuneful history of the large and talented personalities behind the recording industry in that seemingly unlikely place. Even better was “Bridegroom,” a love story that I wish somebody would put in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court soon.
Here’s the Facebook page for “Bridegroom,” the story of Shane Bitney Crone, who lost Tom Bridegroom, the love of his life, in an accident. It is a story about the travails of a same-sex couple deprived of rights others enjoy (visiting a loved one in a hospital, for example), along with the simple hazards of being gay in some families and some places. Hard to see how this story wouldn’t touch just about anyone, though Tom’s family erased Shane from their son’s life, preventing him from attending the funeral.
The movie is the work of Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, who was inspired by the 10-minute YouTube above. “It Could Happen to You” was produced by Crone after his partner’s death. I hadn’t been aware of this viral phenomenon (3.8 million views) until today. The movie takes the story much farther, in a sensitive and complete way, fair even to the hard-hearted in their lives. Truth hurts, of course. Crone was at the screening this morning and talked about his life today and the movie — an audience winner at Tribeca Film Festival, where it was introduced by Bill Clinton. It was another occasion to be grateful for the LRFF.