A special Humanities Iowa sneak preview of 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., will take place in the Community Room at the Independence Public Library, 805 1st Street East, Independence, Iowa on Sunday, December 8, 2013, 1:30-3:30 p.m. A panel discussion following the film screening with the filmmakers and University of Iowa’s Dr. Horace Porter will focus on Seberg’s civil rights era activism. The event is free to the public and seating is limited.
Movie Star is the first documentary film to focus on the private side of the famous Marshalltown native. Movie Star will also examine Seberg’s very public American and international film career, civil rights era activism, and her mysterious and untimely death in Paris. The film features exclusive on-camera interviews with Jean’s family, friends and colleagues, film historians and civil rights scholars, including Dr. Porter; as well as never-before-seen private photographs, home movie footage and rare movie and behind-the-scenes film clips.
Dr. Horace 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. Porter’s on-camera interview shed light on Seberg’s involvement with the Black Panther Party.
Seberg made her acting debut in Otto Preminger’s Saint Joan and starred in Hollywood films Paint Your Wagon, and the blockbuster Airport, among others. She is best known for her performance in director Jean-Luc Godard’s French New Wave film Breathless. Seberg made a total of 37 films.
“The documentary strips away the Hollywood gossip, the national media hype, and the F.B.I. propaganda to find a young woman of conscience embroiled in the important issues of her day, while also carving out a unique and important international film career,” said director Kelly Rundle.
Movie Star will screen at film festivals and in independent theaters throughout the U.S. and Europe. The documentary will be released nationally on DVD, with broadcasts to follow in 2015. For more information about Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg, visit www.JeanSebergMovie.com.
Kelly and Tammy Rundle are the owners of Fourth Wall Films, an award-winning independent film and video production company based in Moline, Illinois. The Rundles received a Regional Emmy® nomination for their documentary Country School: One Room–One Nation, and multiple awards for their documentaries Lost Nation: The Ioway 1, 2 & 3 and Villisca: Living with a Mystery.
Garry McGee is the author of Jean Seberg: Breathless and co-author of Neutralized: The FBI vs Jean Seberg and The Films of Jean Seberg. He received a Regional Emmy® nomination for co-writing the documentary The Last Wright.
Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg was partially funded by Humanities Iowa, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Iowa Arts Council. Any views, findings, recommendations or conclusions expressed in the film and program do not necessarily represent those of the organizations.