BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.
Oct. 3, 2013
tells the emotional journey of Shane and Tom, two young men in a loving and committed relationship that was cut short by a tragic accident. Starting on
, this heartbreaking yet inspirational documentary from producer
Shane Bitney Crone
will be available for all Netflix members to watch instantly.
The story of what happened after the passing of Tom – of how people without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves completely ostracized – is poignant, enraging and opens a window onto the issue of marriage equality and human rights like no speech or lecture ever will.
Said Bloodworth-Thomason of the film, "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 also added "
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."
"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," said Former President
of the film.
won 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 as well as Outstanding Documentary Feature at the 2013 Outfest in LA.
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