“The Loving Story”

Several people from the firm recently joined many others from Grand Rapids at the premiere of a new HBO documentary “The Loving Story.” Richard and Mildred Loving were married in 1958 in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Richard was white, Mildred was African American and Native American. Days after they were married, the local sheriff broke in their door at 3:00 a.m. and arrested them in their bedroom for violating Virginia’s law against interracial marriage. They were convicted and banished from the Commonwealth.

“The Loving Story” is a beautiful documentary by a filmmaker from Grand Rapids that tells the story of the Lovings and their historic court battle to live together in their home as husband and wife. The film is pieced together from wonderful video shot in the 50s and 60s that brings the Lovings to life.   In its review, Variety said:

What astonishes in Buirski’s docu is not just the quantity and quality of the black-and-white 16mm footage, but its unpressured candor, particularly in the harsh light of current media feeding frenzies. While Richard Loving registers as clearly uncomfortable in the public spotlight, Mildred treats the lawyers, the reporters and all comers with the same friendly, casual articulateness and serene lack of self-consciousness with which she might greet a neighbor. The Lovings’ unprepossessing affection, evident in every frame of their homemovies, forms a perfect intimate counterpoint to the historical upheaval and ultimate rendering of justice.

HBO will air “The Loving Story” for the first time on Valentine’s Day, February 14. 

You can learn more about “The Loving Story” by visiting its homepage at http://lovingfilm.com/