New Orleans Loving Festival | Loving Day

New Orleans Loving Festival

When and Where is the Celebration?

Date and Time: 
06/10/2011 - 7:00pm to 06/17/2011 - 9:00pm
New Orleans
State (if you are in the U.S.A): 
United States

Celebration Details

FRIDAY, JUNE 17th - Film Screening & Discussion (6:30pm Reception, 7:00pm Screening)

3161 Burgundy Street
New Orleans, LA 70117

Please join us for a FREE Screening:
PINKY by Elia Kazan

Pinky (Jeanne Crain), a black woman who works as a nurse in Boston, finds she is able to “pass for white.” Afraid her true heritage will be discovered, she leaves her white fiancé (William Lundigan) and returns home to Mississippi. There, she helps her ailing grandmother (Ethel Waters) by caring for her employer (Ethel Barrymore), an imperious plantation owner. When she names Pinky heiress to her estate, the community rises in resentment, triggering a sensational court trial. Subject of landmark Supreme Court case in film censorship, this story about a mulatto woman’s rights against prejudice, became itself, a battle for civil rights. (102 minutes)

Presented by New Orleans Video Voices. Refreshments provided by The Cupcake Fairies. Special guest Darius Johnson, Vice President, New Orleans Chapter of the NAACP. Seating is limited. Please rsvp at


SUNDAY, JUNE 12th - Loving Day Celebration! (Noon - 5:00pm, and 7:00pm)

3161 Burgundy Street
New Orleans, LA 70117

Enjoy food and music by The Burrito Juke Joint during Antenna's gallery hours, and at 7:00pm for a free film:

"MR. & MRS. LOVING" by Richard Friedenberg
In Central Point, Virginia, a sleepy rural town where blacks and whites have long lived in harmony, Richard Loving, a poor white laborer, falls in love with Bean Jeter, a young black woman. Mixed-race relationships are accepted here, but marriage, in 1960, is illegal under a miscegenation law dating from slave times. (105 minutes) Seating is limited. Please rsvp at


SATURDAY, JUNE 11th - Gallery Opening & Reception (6:00 - 9:00pm)

3161 Burgundy Street
New Orleans, LA 70117

"MIXED MESSAGES: Multiracial Identity Past & Present"
A group exhibit featuring artwork by Niko Busciglio, E. Paul Julien, Michele Burton-Oatis, Aubrey Roemer, Karel Sloane-Boekbinder, Chase Markovich, Helen Maurene Cooper, Paige Valente, and Jerald L. White.

Food and music by Chef Aiji and DJ Yamin from The Burrito Juke Joint. Drinks complements of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum.

Gallery Hours: Saturdays & Sundays from noon to 5:00pm. Admission FREE.

Hosted by Charitable Film Network & Press Street / Antenna. The Mixed Messages art exhibit closes on June 26th.


FRIDAY, JUNE 10th - Film Screening & Discussion (7:00pm)

Ashé Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70113

Please Join us for a FREE Screening:

After a realization at a family reunion, half Japanese-Canadian filmmaker, Jeff Chiba Stearns, embarks on a journey of self-discovery to find out why everyone in his Japanese-Canadian family married interracially after his grandparents’ generation. This feature live action and animated documentary explores why almost 100% of all Japanese-Canadians are marrying interracially, the highest out of any other ethnicity in Canada, and how their mixed children perceive their unique multiracial identities. (85 minutes) A short discussion with award winning filmmaker, Jeff Chiba Stearns, will follow the screening.

Filmmakers Jerry Henry and Andrea Chia started to film a video diary on the day they found out that she was pregnant. As the parents of a multiracial child they examine racial identity in this experimental personal documentary. They filmed Quin‚s birth in an unconventional way - instead of using video, they decided to shoot it on Super 8mm and to shoot it frame-by-frame, like an animation. New parents Jerry and Andrea have endured their own share of discrimination growing up. They hope their newborn son can grow up identifying as something other than "other." (7 minutes)

Admission FREE. Co-presented by Charitable Film Network, Press Street / Antenna, the New Orleans Film Society, and Ashé Cultural Arts Center.


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THANKS TO OUR FRIENDS at LovingDay.Org, Press Street / Antenna, Ashé Cultural Arts Center, New Orleans Video Voices, New Orleans Film Society, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, the Cupcake Fairies, and The Burrito Juke Joint.

After The Event

How did it go?: 

Our first Loving Festival was a real success! We've already started to plan for next year and we're looking for partners. Please contact if you're interested in contributing to the 2nd Annual New Orleans Loving Festival. Enjoy the pics!