The new documentary feature film Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg by Emmy®-nominated documentary filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, and Emmy®-nominated writer/filmmaker Garry McGee of McMarr, Ltd. will be the topic of discussion during a special symposium at the 2nd Annual Jean Seberg International Film Festival on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. In addition, McGee will be recognized and receive a special Jean Seberg Service Award during the film festival on Friday evening, November 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Born in Marshalltown, Iowa in 1938, Jean Seberg declared at an early age her intention to become a movie star. Director Otto Preminger plucked Seberg from obscurity ina nation-wide search and cast her as Joan of Arch in Saint Joan. While her ealry American films were poorly received, Seberg created a successful European film career where she is best known as the star of Jean-Luc Goddard's ground-breaking French New Wave film Breathless (À Bout de soufflé).
The documentary will examine Seberg's beginnings in small-town Iowa, her career ups and downs, marriages, and her ongoing humanitarian and social justic efforts. Jean died an untimely death in 1979 in Paris at the age of 40.
"Movie Star will contain the first interview with Jean's sister Mary Ann, her high school drama coach Carol Hollingsworth, paternal aunt Velma Odegaard, former Marshalltown Times-Republican editor Warren Robeson, and childhood best friend Lynda Haupert," said producer-director-writer Garry McGee or McMarr Ltd.
"Additional interviews from France include co-star Mylène Demongeot (Bonjour Tristesse), Producer Marc Simenon, Director Nicolas Gesser, and Jean's first husband Francois Moreuil."
McGee, who worked for United Artists Communications and for New World Entertainment in Los Angeles, authored the biography Jean Seberg: Breathless, and co-authored with Jean Larson Neutralized: The F.B.I vs Jean Seberg; and the newly released The Films of Jean Seberg with Michael Coates-Smith. He co-produced The Last Wright, a documentary about the last remaining Frank Lloyd Wright hotel in Mason City, Iowa and received an Emmy®-nomination for writing.
"Other documentaries have told a portion of Jean's story, but our film will focus on the person behind the celebrity," said director-writer Kelly Rundle.
Rundle, who worked in the International Theatrical Division of Sony Pictures Entertainment® and in advertising gor Deutsch LA in Los Angeles, and wife Tammy (producer-writer) recently received an Emmy®-nomination for their historical documentary Country School: One Room - One Nation. They produced the award-winning and critically-acclaimed documentary films Lost Nation: The Ioway and Villisca: Living with a Mystery.
The symposium will feature new clips from the documentary and a panel discussion with the Rundles and McGee. This special program will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2012 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre Center, 200 East Main Street, Marshalltown, Iowa. Tickets are $15 at the door.
More information about the Jean Seberg International Film Festival is available at www.orpheumtheatercenter.com/new.
Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg has received grants from Humanities Iowa, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Iowa Arts Council. It will be released nationally in the summer of 2013.