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The Loving Story - Nancy Buirski interview

Sometimes as a writer and reviewer, you get the chance to watch something that truly touches you. Something that makes you sit down and really take a look at what is going on in the world..makes you sit down and think. Many television shows and movies that are released today don't fit that bill. They are obviously there for our entertainment, but every once in a while it's nice to watch something that is not only incredibly good, but can evoke real emotions when you are watching it. One such project is a documentary called The Loving Story.

For those who don't know, The Loving Story is about Richard and Mildred Lovely. An interracial couple who were married in 1958 in the state of Virginia. At that time, interracial or miscegenation relationships were not allowed in many of the states. The couple went to Washington, DC to get married where it was legal. Once they returned to Virginia, they were arrested for violating the state's Racial Integrity Act. They were both sentenced to a year in jail, but the judge would suspend the sentence if the couple agreed to leave the state of Virginia for 25 years.  We know the story doesn't end their obviously..the documentary takes us from the early beginnings of their case when they decided to go to the Supreme Court, to their ultimate victory in 1967. That is when the Virginia law was overturned, both Richard and Mildred were allowed to go back home.

In steps filmmaker Nancy Buirski. She found about the story of the Lovings when she read Mildred's obituary in 2008. She decided that the story needed to be told and I couldn't have agreed more. The documentary is an astounding piece of work. Not only with the pacing and direction from Buirski, but the treasure trove of  archival footage that was shot by Hope Ryden and the incredible photos by photographer Grey Villet give you a very close and personal portrait of the couple. The film goes to show you that people can truly make a difference. Richard and Mildred didn't set out to change the world, they just wanted to stay together as a married couple. Their story is one of courage, determination and ultimate victory. It's a film that everyone should see regardless of race, gender or age. It shows you never to take anything for granted.

As Nancy said to me, one person doesn't make a film and she is totally correct. Many people were involved in this project and I'd like to acknowledge some of them:

Elisabeth Haviland James - producer and editor

Susie Ruth Powell - writer

Marshall Sonenshine - executive producer

Scott Berrie - executive producer

Patricia Romeu - co-producer

This group has put together an amazing film about a very important case in our country's history. A documentary that will make you think about how quickly something can be taken from you and how if you truly believe in something, you should fight for it no matter the odds.

Here is the audio interview with Nancy Buirski: Official film website click here Official Facebook page click here Follow on Twitter click here Official Full Frame Documentary Film Festival site click here Filmmaker Hope Ryden click here Photographer Grey Villet click here
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Grimm renewed for Season 2!

We won't see a brand new episode of Grimm until March 30th, but we do have some great news to share. NBC has renewed Grimm for a second season! although not a huge breakout hit for the network, Grimm has remained solid in the ratings with the difficult Friday night 9pm time slot. Earlier in the season, things were not looking so great for the series and there was some doubt if there would be a second season, but Grimm fans can breathe a sign of relief!
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Touch returns to FOX

After what seemed like forever, Touch finally returns to FOX on Monday the 19th with a brand new episode. The original preview episode aired on January 25th with a solid debut of almost 12 million viewers. The episode received great reviews from fans and critics alike. What seemed like a hard task to do, Kiefer Sutherland allowed the audience to forget that he was Agent Jack Bauer for 8 seasons on 24 and care for a father who was dealing with a special needs child. That speaks wonders about Sutherland's acting prowess and how he can suck you into a role. With strong performances from not only Sutherland, but Danny Glover and newcomer David Mazouz, Touch looks to be one of the stand out shows of the television season although it is a mid-season entry. You can find more information and background on the show at FOX's official site for Touch. Just click this link below. Touch will begin airing regularly on Monday nights at 9pm. Alcatraz will move to the 8pm slot. UPDATE: Touch does not return to FOX until Thursday, March 22nd! Sorry for the confusion! Official Touch website
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Homeland and Dexter get premiere date!

In a tale of two series coming back after different opinions on its previous season, both Dexter and Homeland will be returning on Showtime September 30th. Dexter, which many thought had one of its weakest seasons to date will premiere at 9pm EST. Recently, star Michael C. Hall signed a new 2 year extension to his contract. On the flip side, Homeland will return right after Dexter at the 10 pm time slot. Homeland stars Damian Lewis and Claire Daines and was widely considered the best drama of last year. In our opinion, it was the best drama we've seen in the last 10 years. President Obama is such a fan of the show, that Damian Lewis recently let it slip during an interview with BBC television host Graham Norton, that he was invited to the White House for the upcoming State Dinner with the British Prime Minister! Talk about being a fan of the show!  
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