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      Creator Erik Oliver 3 days ago

      I've again pinged Kickstarter itself to try to prod them into providing an update, it's pretty disgraceful.

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      Creator Kayla Halleur on April 8

      Backed for a DVD and t-shirt ($50 level) and have recieved nothing. Living in Australia, I knew the only way I was going to be able to see this was to back at a DVD level or higher. It was for a great cause, so I thought I'd back at a slightly higher level. This was the first project I backed on Kickstarter and am thoroughly disappointed that I have started to receive pledge rewards from other projects that I have since backed, but am still waiting on my this. Isn't it time we get an honest update about what's happening?

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      Creator Shawna Lowrance on April 5

      Still waiting to receive my DVD, t-shirt and movie poster. I am in the United States, where they were promised long ago. So disappointed in this unfortunate scam.

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      Creator luciola on March 29

      This was such a meaningful project I wanted to believe the people behind it are genuinely decent people. Failure to keep promises does not happen with decent people. Even if you are out of funds to deliver the physical DVD, at least give us a link to download it. The purpose behind this documentary wasn't to make money, was it? It was to spread a message. So uploading to a link, exposing it to potential piracy isn't such a big problem right?

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      Creator Nicole Bradshaw on March 27

      I got the DVD (in Australia) and just watched it - lots of tears... So glad the story got told.

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      Creator Kieran Bright on March 22

      Nothing but promises. No photo in the poster after all that effort. No dvd. No replies to messages. I feel as though I've been scammed and truly robbed of money and the spirit of Kickstarter.

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      Creator Eric Politzer on March 17

      My partner and I were behind this project 110%. And we are thrilled for its success. But like other donors, we have received NONE of the benefits at our level. In fact, our emails to the production team have not been acknowledged. We met Linda at a private event and explained this to her. She said she would invite us to a private showing the next evening. No follow up. This not only does a disservice to the donors, who made this project happen, it also reflects badly on Kickstarter -- to no fault of their own. All other projects, which we have supported, have come through fully with their commitments. I don't know why the folks on this one can't get their act together.

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      Creator Thomas McWhorter on March 15

      I finally got a DVD in the mail, sent on Feb. 28, 2014. At my level of support, I was promised: "All the rewards previously listed (free music, download, t-shirt,Bridegroom on BLU-RAY, movie poster), plus a phone call of thanks from Shane Bitney Crone PLUS a full size BRIDEGROOM movie poster signed by Shane, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, and the producers."
      So, yes, I got a DVD. Not a Blu-Ray (to be a signed blu-ray at my level). Nothing else. No communication, or explanation. We were told a few months ago the delay was because the Blu Ray would take longer. Guess not. I'm glad to have the DVD. When asked for money to get this project, 6,500 of us delivered. We can be proud of helping to get this film made, regardless the inability of those involved to keep their promises.

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      Creator Marcus Jau Chan on February 20

      Meh, I've given up on waiting around for whatever was promised. Glad the movie was made and I'll have to look for it somewhere else. Might be a bit hard considering I live in Malaysia. I'll just keep in mind the my USD250 was used to actually make the movie and not for the "rewards" (which essentially is a bluray (cost is around USD4-5 at most), a tshirt (maybe a USD5-6 cost depending on quality) and a poster (maybe USD10-12 depending on quality) with shipping, which I would have gladly paid for...)
      Time to do a search for a copy of the movie!

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      Creator Adam Kinnest on February 19

      So they have time to pose for photo's with ex presidents and interviews with Oprah and yet I can't help feel like we have all been scammed in away. Im so glad the message is out and at the heart of it all its about the love and life a kind man and his partner but ask yourselves does this excuse the poor communication and lack of kept promises I think not and the worst thing is I live in Perth , Western Australia and I can say unless I pay to download it I will never see it on tv or cable here at all im so disappointed and it has left a bad taste in my mouth and I will never ever back another project on Kickstater as they have also shown no communication skills or have shown us they will not hold project creators liable sad.

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      Creator Erik Oliver on February 17

      FWIW, I have asked Kickstarter support to again give the backers a kick to provide an update. They promised to do so.

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      Creator Stephanie Desnoyers on February 17

      Very disappointing! Did not receive anything yet!
      I understood the initial problem for sending the DVDs and all of the perks but this is getting ridiculous. Too bad this project is giving bad rep to kickstarter, this is the last project I backup!

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      Creator Doug E on February 16

      I backed this project at the $150 level. I have not received any items or explanations expected. That's sad as it does't send a positive message about the producer esp given the amount of support and funding given by Kickstarter backers.

      Linda Bloodworth, what's the status, what's going on? Should we now just assume this project went "bankrupt" with most of the 6,508 backers holding a bag of false promises/expectations trying to help support a good message, now perhaps now turned sour by the producer?

      Kickstart backers are owed at least a clear and honest explanation.


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      Creator Christopher Allen on February 16

      It is obvious from the number of comments that I am not the only one who has not received my reward. I just want to see the movie. Any idea when I can expect to receive my reward?

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      Creator Leslie on February 13

      No reply to my email sent to the yahoo address asking for a response. No awards sent. No DVD. No communication. Nothing. It was silly of me to send you $1000 thinking you'd follow through on what you promised. Lesson learned.

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      Creator Leslie on February 6

      The update in early January says that if we haven't received our awards yet (I haven't), that they will be shipped in the next 3 weeks. We're now a month out and still nothing. Absolutely nothing ever received from this project. We've been used and discarded.

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      Creator Shawna Lowrance on January 31

      Here it is a year and a half since I donated $100. $100 and only excuses. I am so happy and proud that the film was made. It is a bit like salt being thrown in an open wound every time I read a post on Facebook about how well the film is doing and what award it is nominated for. I can't help but think the people who truly made this possible have been forgotten. If it were not for the backers, the film would have stayed on YouTube. I am beginning to think that is all I will be able to see.

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      Creator Joost Cras on January 25

      How much longer do I have to wait to receive a copy of a DVD ... or should I just maybe download it from the net ... am so so very disappointed ..

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      Creator Ronni Eloff on January 23

      It is sad when other people are boasting about this amazing film and those of us who backed this still can't even get the DVD we were promised when we gave our money.

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      Creator Isabelle on January 23

      Just watched on Netflix, proudest moment ever was seeing my name in the credits! I'm glad I was able to be part of it in some tiny way.

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      Creator Thomas McWhorter on January 17

      I figured out that I am waiting because I get Blu Ray for my donation level. They said 2 1/2 weeks before they start shipping again. The Facebook page today invites me to host a screening and go to Tugg to order up my DVD. I'm curious if any backers at $500+ (there are 72 according to the stats here) received a thank you call?

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      Creator Leslie on January 12

      On 1/5/2014 I got a reply to an email I sent to the project, stating that all DVDs had been shipped in the US, but I have still received nothing. Now from the latest update, it appears that the DVDs have NOT all been shipped, as some are being held back until shirts, posters, etc are finished in production. I don't really care about the goodies, but dislike the feeling we've been put off once again, even though we all, together, were the initial backers that helped get this project off the ground.

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      Creator Daniel L. Merritt-LeSatz on January 10

      I received my dvd prior to Christmas. My partner and I just watched it. This documentary is a wonderful tribute to Tom and to Shane. I wish Shane the best for the future and that Tom's family will someday realize how cruel and wrong they were.

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      Creator Karl Schosser on January 10

      WHAT is going on? You are ruining the concept of Kickstarter by NOT following through with your rewards! Where are the rewards? Where is the correspondence? I am a strong support of art in general and specifically gay art projects. I would hate to elevate this outside of this site. Negative publicity is NOT what any of us want.

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      Creator Niki King on January 8

      No DVD 1 Year late and counting...

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      Creator Thomas McWhorter on January 6

      I am a $500 supporter and have received nothing. Last email was the update on 10/25/13. I just left a message on the phone number listed.

      I finally watched Bridegroom last weekend. I had DVR'd it when it ran on the Oprah Network (OWN). I cried and cried, it is very moving. I was thrilled to see my name in the credits. I was hoping I would watch it on my DVD without the OWN logo and forwarding through commercials.

      I hope to hear something soon.

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      Creator Erik Oliver on January 4

      @Leslie - I made a similar contact to Kickstarter, they similarly indicated they would try to encourage the backers to post an update. I'm not holding my breath.

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      Creator Leslie on January 2

      I contacted Kickstarter staff regarding the timeline and lack of communication. They responded saying that they have contacted the project asking them to post and update and respond to outstanding messages. We'll see if that helps.

      Still nothing in my mailbox. $1000 supporter. No communication. And, it appears they're deleting comments from this stream...

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      Creator Erik Oliver on January 1

      Backed @ $50 T-shirt/DVD level nothing so far

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      Creator Dan Nelson on December 28

      I backed at the Blu-Ray level, but today received only a DVD. No Blu-Ray, or T-Shirt. No other note/explanation. So, maybe the rest is still coming?

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      Creator Craig Sharp on December 27

      I got my copy of the DVD today.

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      Creator Art Wong on December 23

      Still haven't received the DVD nor had any notifications yet...

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      Creator Thomas Taylor on December 18

      Have any backers at the DVD + tshirt level or above received their items?

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      Creator Turner Arrington on December 18

      My DVD finally arrived, and I haven't been able to watch it yet, because I have a feeling it will leave me too emotional and raw right now, but I have to say, I'm still extremely disappointed in the way the entire issue was handled.

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      Creator Stephanie Sivula on December 18

      I'm very disappointed that we haven't received any updates in two months. We all contributed very hard-earned money, in some cases making sacrifices so we could send you as much a possible. The least you could do is respond to people's questions and keep us in the loop. The DVDs are available for purchase online, yet those of us who sent in donations 18 months ago still haven't received ours. It seems like your emphasis has shifted from being grateful to the people who made this possible, to extracting every possible dollar.

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      Creator Mark Sandland on December 18

      I'm in the UK. Any idea if the DVD's have been shipped to here yet?

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      Creator Sue Mariconda on December 14

      I *finally* got the DVD today. Well, it came yesterday, but in its place was a note in my mailbox to go to the post office and pay the $0.72 postage due. Seriously? You're sending out all these DVDs and didn't figure out how much postage it was to send? Definitely not cool.

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      Creator Samantha Farbman on December 14

      Got the DVD in the mail and watched with my roommate who was unfamiliar with the story. We both loved the final product, and were extremely touched by the story. I am proud to have contributed. Although the circumstances behind it's making are horrendous, I am happy the film is being received so well, and the message so widely conveyed. Very well done.

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      Creator Pauline Emerson on December 12

      Still waiting on the DVD, have they been sent to Australian backers yet?

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      Creator Ashlie Gibbens on December 10

      I live in AZ and I got my DVD in the mail today 12/10/13. I can't wait to FINALLY see it!

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      Creator luciola on December 10

      ummm... Where is the DVD?

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      Creator Sue Mariconda on December 6

      I moved last month, and need to update my address for my rewards? How do I do that? I sent a private message here and was given an email address to contact, but got no reply to the email.

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      Creator Barb D'Arco on December 5

      Looking for my DVD. Hope it arrives soon!

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      Creator Marcus Jau Chan on December 4

      A friend has seen the movie (he managed to find a download of it somewhere) and was shocked to hear that I haven't (he saw my name in the credits). I live in Malaysia and still think this project was a worthy one to support, but no notice from anyone in the team about when the promised items are being shipped, or if they have been, that they're on their way. Yes, the movie has an important message to get out there, but a promise is a promise and people don't like being kept in the dark.

      (Thanks Celena for letting us know that you received your DVD, I'm assuming my package is going to take a lot longer because I'm overseas...)

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      Creator Celena on December 2

      For everyone wondering if the DVDs are actually shipping, I got mine today in Cleveland, OH. I hope you all receive yours soon.

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      Creator Craig Sharp on November 29

      This movie has been released for over two weeks now. I still have not received the DVD that was promised in the perks!

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      Creator Turner Arrington on November 27

      Should we assume that we're not going to get the DVDs that we were promised for our contributions? Because as much as I'd like to support this project, the utter silence on the part of the organizers--especially given that the movie is not only commercially available now, but also available through streaming--does not make me inclined to give them any more of my hard-earned money.

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      Creator Eduardo Avenir Jr on November 26

      I'm still waiting on my DVD as well. Is there a way to find out if they have my correct mailing address? I have noticed on my other kickstarter that there is a link to update my shipping address, which seems like a simple Godsend!

      I am so disappointed that such a successful and large kickstarter didn't have the care and consideration like some of the other kickstarters I am a part of. What a way to 'taint' the good intentions for this project.

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      Creator Michael McAvoy on November 23

      Still waiting on the DVD. I am still very proud to have backed this project but wow has the distribution bombed

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      Creator Warren Kendrick on November 19

      Everyone else has seen the film before we have.

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    A sincere thank you and (if you want) inclusion on our email list so you can get updates about our progress. Also your name will be placed on our website's BRIDEGROOM Hall of Fame, plus you will get a free download of Coleen McMahon’s song, “Beautiful Boy,” which was featured in Shane's YouTube presentation, “It Could Happen To You.” (You can remain anonymous if you wish and still receive your rewards)

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