The 3rd Annual Jean Seberg International Film Festival opens Friday, November 15, 2013 at the IVCCD Orpheum Theater Center in Jean Seberg's hometown of Marshalltown, Iowa and will showcase the world premiere of the long-anticipated Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg, a new documentary by Emmy® nominated filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, and Garry McGee of McMarr, Ltd. The three-day long film festival will feature a gala premiere party and screening opening night, weekend screenings of eight of Seberg's films, and FREE symposiums by two of the documentary's scholars who will discuss Seberg's film legacy and civil rights activism.
Symposium I begins at noon on Saturday, Nov. 16 with Dr. Richard Ness giving a special presentation on Seberg's broad range of film work. Professor Richard Ness, Associate Professor of film and media studies at Western Illinois University and author of From Headline Hunter to Superman: A Journalism Filmography and Alan Rudolph: Romance and a Crazed World, sat for an in-depth on-camera interview for the documentary.
“She was a huge star and a very private person,” said Ness during his interview. “She was recognized on an international scale and was at heart from small town Iowa. She radiated on screen. You aimed a camera at her and she would glow.”
Symposium II begins at 4pm with Dr. Horace Porter discussing Seberg's civil rights activism during the volatile late 1960s. Dr. Porter, Professor of English and Chair of American Studies and Chair of African American Studies at the University of Iowa and author of Stealing the Fire: The Art and Protest of James Baldwin, Jazz Country: Ralph Ellison in America, and The Making of a Black Scholar, sat for an in-depth on-camera interview that shed light on J. Edgar Hoover’s COINTELPRO and Seberg’s involvement with the Black Panther Party.
“I find her fascinating and remarkable,” said Porter during his interview. “Jean Seberg was right there in the mix and right there as a sympathizer. She was someone who was very much dedicated to improving the quality of life of those who had been discriminated against.”
Seberg made her acting debut in Otto Preminger’s Saint Joan and starred in Hollywood films Lilith, Paint Your Wagon, and the blockbuster Airport, among others. She is best known for her performance in director Jean-Luc Godard’s groundbreaking French New Wave film Breathless, rereleased on its 50-year anniversary to rave reviews and a new generation of Jean Seberg fans.
Both special symposiums are free to the public and will be held in the Orpheum Theater Center's Black Box Theater, 220 E. Main Street, Marshalltown, Iowa.
The premiere event on Friday evening has sold out, but additional screenings of the documentary will take place on Saturday, November 16 at 2:00 p.m. and on Sunday, November 17 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets for Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg are $8. All Jean Seberg movies are $5. Call 641-844-5909 for more details or visit http://www.orpheumtheatercenter.com/new/. Advance tickets are highly recommended.