When and Where is the Celebration?
A free screening of the award-winning HBO documentary, "The Loving Story," will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at the Byrd Theatre, sponsored by the Virginia Film Office.
The screening lands on the day chosen by activist groups across the nation to honor the couple that paved the way for marriage equality. The documentary inspired a feature film that will be released in November. The documentary tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple in Caroline County who wed in 1958 in violation of Virginia's Racial Integrity Act. Forced to leave the state and their families, they petitioned the court to overturn the law. On June 12, 1967, the Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia legalized interracial marriage and has been instrumental in defending marriage equality rights ever since.
The Virginia Film Office has been working since 2012 to help bring the feature film version of this story to fruition, said Andy Edmunds, director. Shot in Virginia in 2015, the film "Loving" was co-produced by Nancy Buirski, who directed the documentary, and directed by award-winning Jeff Nichols. It recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to critical acclaim and extensive press coverage.
“We are so thankful to everyone who helped in the production of the feature film last year here in Virginia," Edmunds said. "Loving Day is worth recognizing and celebrating, especially here in the Commonwealth. Please come and enjoy this free screening of the documentary film that inspired the upcoming major motion picture.”
Doors at The Byrd will open to the public at 4 p.m. No tickets are necessary.