Sundance Institute “Film Forward” Festival: The Loving Story

Posted Sept. 19, 2013, at 2:30 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 28, 2013, at 1:46 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 7 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: Abbe Museum Downtown, 26 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME

For more information: Raney Bench; 207-288-3519;

“Film Forward” is an initiative of the Sundance Institute and is intended to enhance greater cultural understanding through the exhibition of films and workshops. Maine is one of ten global destinations for the “Film Forward” Festival this year, with a total of twenty-seven showings of various films throughout the state. The Loving Story is a documentary that “recreates a seminal moment in history and reflects a timely message of marriage equality in a personal, human love story”. The film takes the viewer on a journey into the heart of race relations in America by telling of the racially-charged criminal trial and heart wrenching love story of Mildred and Richard Loving. The marriage of Mildred (who was part-black and part-Native American) and of Richard (who was white) was illegal in 1958 in their home state of Virginia, but they refused to leave one another and “relentlessly pursued their right to happiness”. The film is sure to trigger many interesting parallels to contemporary times, and will be followed with a chance to contemplate the film with a group discussion.

Location: Abbe Museum Downtown

This film screening is free and open to the public. Discussion following the film. Co-Sponsored by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.