“It Could Happen To You” documentary fundraising breaks all Kickstarter records

On May 8th this year, I posted about Shane Bitney Crone’s video which marked the one-year anniversary of his boyfriend of six years, Tom Bridegroom, called “It could happen to you”, chronicling what happened to him after Tom’s sudden death.

After the video went viral, a producing team led by Linda Bloodworth Thomason sought funds on Kickstarter for a documentary about Tom’s story.

“The prejudice and bigotry that Shane and Tom experienced was not unlike what I witnessed in 1986 when my mother died of transfused AIDS,” said Bloodworth Thomason.

Now, GLAAD reports that fundraising for Bridegroom, An American Love Story, has broken all of Kickstarter’s records:

The fundraising website, which has helped to finance more than 7,400 films, confirmed that the indie documentary about marriage equality surpassed all previous fundraising efforts by netting $384,375 in four weeks.

I’ve written about Kickstarter many times on The Randy Report. I think it serves a valuable function to help people create community around a project and help see those projects to fruition.

Good luck Ms. Thomason and Shane on the documentary.