"Bridegroom," an award-winning documentary about tragedy and marriage inequality, will be screened by the Westport Cinema Initiative on Thursday evening, June 27, at Christ & Holy Trinity Church,

The film starts at 7:15 p.m. in the church's Seabury Center, 45 Church St. Tickets are $10, and proceeds benefit the nonprofit cinema initiative's drive to build a movie theater downtown.

The film tells the story of Tom Bridegroom and Shane Bitney Crone, a Midwestern gay couple who had been together for six years and planned to be married in California, where same-sex marriage is legal But Bridegroom was killed in an accident.

His family -- estranged since he told them he was gay -- banned Crone from the funeral and threatened him with violence, the cinema initiative said. Devastated, Crone had no legal recourse.

"Bridegroom" debuted in April at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it was introduced by former President Bill Clinton and won a Heineken Audience Award.

The documentary is based on "It Could Happen to You," a YouTube video Crone made as a tribute to his late partner.

"Bridegroom" was produced by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, creator of the TV sitcom "Designing Women." She had met Bridegroom and Crone at a gay wedding in California, and when she learned of Bridegroom's death, she was haunted by the loss, the cinema initiative said in a news release.

On Kickstarter.com, the crowd-funding website, Bloodworth-Thomason raised $384,000 within a month to make the film. More than 3,500 people donated, and the sum raised is a Kickstarter record, according to the cinema initiative.

"This documentary is not an angry diatribe about the unfairness of how gay men are treated in this country," the conema initiative said in its release. "It is a sad and bewildering view of what hatred does to loving people. "