This collaboration has been a minute in the works but, considering the cumulative—and sometimes contentious—conversations we have about the subject on the main website, we at the R couldn’t think of a more appropriate film to co-promote with Maysles Cinema.
A summary of The Loving Story, from the Maysles Institute’s website:
This Oscar-shortlisted film is the definitive account of the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage: Loving v. Virginia. Married in Washington, D.C. on June 2, 1958, Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter returned home to Virginia where their marriage was declared illegal—he was white, and she was black and Native American. Hope Ryden’s luminous, newly discovered home movie footage of the Lovings and their feisty young lawyers and rare photography by Grey Villet are stitched together in the debut feature by Full Frame Documentary Film Festival founder Nancy Buirski in a film that takes viewers behind the scenes of a pair of unlikely civil rights pioneers and their real-life love story.
The R’s Associate Editor Andrea Plaid will moderate the post-showing discussion this Sunday, December 16. The movie starts at 7:30PM, and the chat will start about 8:45PM.
Check out the R’s main site for what the critics are saying and the chance to win two free tickets to Sunday’s showing and discussion, and check here for more info. See you Sunday!
Well-timed and well crafted in equal measures, The Loving Story is a thoughtful, terrifically intimate account of the case that dismantled this country’s anti-miscegenation laws 100 years after the abolition of slavery. The story of Virginia couple Mildred and Richard Loving’s efforts to live and love each other freely captures a critical moment in a civil rights movement whose most recent strides—for same-sex marriage—are just a few weeks old. First-time director Nancy Buirski’s focus on the constitutional tangles that brought Loving v. Virginia before the Supreme Court in 1967 also complementLincoln’s warm, wonky embrace of the democratic procedural. A wealth of archival footage gives The Loving Story an oddly modern quality.
—Michelle Orange, “The Loving Story,” 12/5/12
Maysles Cinema is pleased to be the theater to premiere Nancy Buirski’s documentary. The movie runs from now until Sunday, 12/16.
Those who will attend tomorrow’s showing will get the extra treat of talking with Buirski after the film. For more details, check here.