Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg received the top Award of Excellence in the documentary category at the 24th Annual Iowa Motion Picture Association (IMPA) Gala Award Ceremony on Saturday, May 2nd at the Pella Opera House in Pella, Iowa.
The award-winning documentary by Emmy® nominated filmmakers Garry McGee of McMarr, Ltd. and Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, was among five documentaries nominated. The Iowa Motion Picture Association recognized outstanding creative and technical achievement in Iowa’s moving image production industry, in all its forms -- in twenty-one Program Categories and twenty-five Craft Categories.
"We are deeply honored that Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg has received the Award of Excellence by the IMPA," said Producer/Director Garry McGee. "It took many years of determination, heart-ache, and struggle to finally tell Jean's story--a story told from the heart by her family, film colleagues, and those who loved her."
"Jean's life and legacy have not yet been fully embraced by her home state," said Producer/Director Kelly Rundle. "We are grateful to the IMPA for honoring Iowa's own Jean Seberg with this special award."
Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg is the first documentary film to focus on the private side of the famous Marshalltown native. Movie Star examines Seberg’s very public American and international film career, civil rights era activism, and her mysterious, untimely death in Paris.
The film features exclusive on-camera interviews with Jean’s family, including her sister Mary Ann Seberg and former husband Francois Moreuil (Playtime); friends and film colleagues, including Mylene Demongeot (Bonjour Tristesse); film historians and civil rights scholars, including film historian Dr. Rich Ness (Western Illinois University), Dr. Horace Porter (University of Iowa), Dr. Jane Simonsen (Augustana College) and former Black Panther Party leader Elaine Brown; as well as never-before-seen private photographs, home movie footage and rare movie and behind-the-scenes film clips.
The music of musicians Mark and Amy Adams-Westin of Amy & Adams is featured in the documentary.
Movie Star producers Garry McGee, Tammy Rundle, Kelly Rundle at the Orpheum Theater Center in Marshalltown, Iowa during the Jean Seberg International Film Festival preview of the documentary.
The documentary will continue screening at film festivals and in art theaters throughout the U.S. and Europe in 2015/2016. The documentary will be released nationally on DVD, with broadcasts on Midwestern PBS stations following in 2016. 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 formerly located in Los Angeles, and now 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 Letters Home to Hero Street (a co-production with WQPT-PBS), Lost Nation: The Ioway 1, 2 & 3 and Villisca: Living with a Mystery. They are currently in production on the documentary The Barn Raisers (to be released in 2016), and the docudrama Sons & Daughters of Thunder (to be released in February 2016). Their new documentary River to River: Iowa's Forgotten Highway 6 will premiere in July 2015.
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 writing the documentary The Last Wright.
Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg was funded in part with grants from Humanities Iowa, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Iowa Arts Council. The Historical Society of Marshall County served as the fiscal sponsor for the documentary project. Any views, findings, recommendations or conclusions expressed in the film and program do not necessarily represent those of these organizations.