Movie based on Loving v. Virginia to film in state
RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia has been selected as the filming location for Loving, a motion picture based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving. The Virginia married couple were arrested in 1958 for violating a state law at the time prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple sued, and their case was ultimately heard in 1967 by the U.S. Supreme Court, becoming a landmark civil rights case in defense of marriage equality that is still relevant today.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe said, “Loving is a significant American story that should be told, and I am happy to announce it will be filmed in Virginia. Attracting these projects to the Commonwealth helps build the new Virginia economy by generating new revenues, creating good-paying jobs for our citizens and continuing to highlight Virginia’s historical significance.”
The project will film in the central Virginia area and will be eligible for incentive funding. The exact amount will be based on expenditures in the state and certain deliverables to promote Virginia. The annual economic impact of the state’s film industry is $382.5 million. It provides $19.4 million in state and local tax revenue for the Commonwealth, as well as more than 2,000 full time jobs.