The Orlando Pulse Night Club Shooting has Touched Us All

Tom Crane empathizes with the victims of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub Shooting and decries continued MALTREATMENT OF LGBT WITH HIS LATEST FILM, ‘49 HEARTS’

Rochester, NY – May 17, 2017 – Tom Crane, a barber in upstate New York who is renowned for creating short movies to advocate for the LGBT has released yet another LGBT movie, 49 Hearts, to commiserate as well as commemorate the victims of the tragic shooting at Pulse in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016.

On the ill-fated night, in what appeared to be a hate motivated attack, 43 people died and 53 were injured in a sporadic shooting inside Pulse, a gay nightclub by one Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard.  The film is an expression of the bitterness that Tom felt toward that act of terrorism.  Tom shares his thoughts:  “49 Hearts illustrates the deep sadness felt by all members of our community and the movie promotes that healing is a process.  This was a senseless act of hate and violence and one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent US history…I see myself in the victims. I am Gay and have shared in the grief these families have experienced.  The media accounts were heartbreaking.  I understand the devastation of the friends, and family members and their experiences.  They mirror the love that we all have for our own families.  Even if we live far away or are not Gay, the tragic shooting in Orlando at the Pulse Night Club traumatized us all.  As a society we all must heal and remember the tragedy of our past.  49 Hearts is my vision to educate and inspire through the character of Uncle Tom.”

In the movie, Tom Crane is “Uncle Tom”.  He bakes 49 gingerbread cookies, all representing the 49 persons who lost their lives in the horrific incident.  Tom and his niece Hope take the time to talk about the incident trying to make sense of the tragedy with a renewed perspective and great sadness.  The events of that awful day must be placed in the past; and for our future, we must express optimism that the world can become peaceful and that people learn to be more tolerant of differences.

About Tom Crane

Tom Crane is a barber in Rochester who uses the tips earned from his service to fund films about LGBT issues. 49 Hearts was written, directed and produced by him under his movie label ‘A Tom Crane Film’. He was raised by his father who worked at Eastman Kodak Company, a film and photography company. Other completed LGBT films include; ‘It Gets Better’, a film about teenage suicide caused by bullying; ‘Sissy!’ is a movie that questions masculinity and what it means to be a man.  Future projects include ‘Alo’, a movie on internalized homophobia and ‘Ohmann’, a movie about gay conversion therapy.

A GoFundMe campaign was created to assist his movie making and create further awareness on LGBT issues.

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