Maine Law teams up with Maine Jewish Film Festival for free screening of “The Loving Story”

September 19, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine – The University of Maine School of Law is collaborating with the Maine Jewish Film Festival to present a free screening of the documentary film, “The Loving Story,” on the evening of Oct. 2, 2013. The screening will be held at the Abromson Community Education Center, 88 Bedford Street, in Portland.

The film tells the story of Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple who fought the anti-miscegenation laws in their home state of Virginia all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which in 1967 finally overturned those laws in the landmark decision of Loving vs. Virginia. The couple was represented by two young, Jewish ACLU lawyers, Bernard Cohen and Philip Hirschkop. The film was shortlisted for an Oscar®, received a Peabody Award, and was nominated for three Emmy Awards.

The Oct. 2nd screening was made possible by a grant from the Moser Family Foundation. Co-promoting the event are Maine's NAACP and ACLU, the Holocaust & Human Rights Center and Equality Maine. The event begins with an hors d’oeuvres and cash bar reception at 5 p.m. The film will screen from 6:15-7:30 p.m., followed by a panel discussion moderated by Peter Pitegoff, Dean of the University of Maine School of Law. Coffee and dessert will follow from 8-9 p.m.

The reception and screening are free and open to the public although tickets are required. Tickets can be obtained online at: or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006. Additional questions may be addressed to or by phone at 207-523-3422.


Media contact: Trevor Maxwell, communications director at Maine Law
Office: 207-228-8037/ Cell: 207-286-4431/ email:

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