Public Programs: America's Media Makers: Production Grants

Period of Performance

3/1/2011 - 3/31/2012

Funding Totals

$350,000.00 (approved)
$350,000.00 (awarded)

The Loving Story

FAIN: TR-50255-11

Living Archives, Inc. (New York, NY 10024-1125)
Nancy F. Buirski (Project Director: August 2010 to March 2022)
Elisabeth Haviland James (Co Project Director: July 2011 to March 2022)

Production of a 90-minute documentary on the Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia (1967) and the legal case concerning anti-miscegenation laws.

Long Way Home: The Loving Story, a documentary film, tells the dramatic story of Richard and Mildred Loving whose groundbreaking legal case was the turning point in the struggle for marriage equality in the U.S. Amazingly, the story of the Lovings? interracial marriage, their arrest, punishment and exile has never been depicted in a full-length documentary form. Neither has the crime they accused of committing, miscegenation, been examined in depth. The 90-minute film investigates the lives and the legend of two heroes of the Civil Rights era, Mildred and Richard Loving, whose quest to be married reached the Supreme Court, and subsequently over-turned all anti-miscegenation laws in the United States.

Associated Products

Lovings Story (Film/TV/Video Broadcast or Recording)
Title: Lovings Story
Writer: Nancy Buirski
Writer: Susie Ruth Powell
Director: Nancy Buirski
Producer: Nancy Buirski
Producer: Elisabeth Haviland James
Abstract: A racially charged criminal trial and a heart-rending love story converge in this documentary about Mildred and Richard Loving, a part-black, part-Indian woman and a white man who married in Jim Crow era Virginia. Thrown into rat-infested jails and exiled from their hometown for many years, the Lovings fought back and changed history. They were paired with two young and ambitious lawyers who were driven to pave the way for social justice and equal rights through a historic Supreme Court case, Loving v. Virginia. The Loving Story takes us on a journey into the heart of race relations in America. But, in the end, it is a poignant love story of two people who simply wanted to live in the place they called home.
Year: 2011
Primary URL: HBO Cable Network
Primary URL Description: Broadcast ver extended period Cable Network
Secondary URL: Video distribution, US and Foreign ICARUS FILMS
Secondary URL Description: Icarus Fims, Income for last year $6736.36
Access Model: Subscription
Format: Video
Format: DVD
Format: Film


Gabrel Award
Date: 5/16/2013
Organization: Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals
Abstract: The Gabriel Awards are designed to honor works of excellence in film, network and cable television and radio programs.

History Maker Award
Date: 1/27/2012
Organization: History Makers International
Abstract: Best Social Change Production

Focal International Footage Award
Date: 5/4/2012
Organization: Focal International, The Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries is a Professional not-for-profit trade association
Abstract: Best use of footage in a factual production

Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Programming
Date: 1/1/2013
Organization: Television Academy

George Foster Peabody Award
Date: 1/1/2013
Organization: National Association of Broadcasters

Screenplay Award
Date: 1/1/2011
Organization: WGAEast

Silverdocs Festival Winner
Date: 1/1/2011
Organization: American Film Institute

John E. O'Connor Film Award
Date: 1/1/2012
Organization: American Historical Association