The Iowa Independent Film Festival will showcase the award-winning documentary Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg September 16-18, 2016 at Frank Lloyd Wright's Historic Park Inn, 15 W State St, Mason City, Iowa. Emmy® nominated filmmakers Garry McGee of McMarr, Ltd., and Kelly Rundle and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films will appear for Q&A following the film. This year’s festival will draw celebrated celebrities and filmmakers from Hollywood, including director/Actor Richard Benjamin (Catch 22, The Sunshine Boys and Goodbye, Columbus) and wife actress Paula Prentiss (The Stepford Wives and Where The Boys Are), and director Randal Kleiser (Defrost, Big Top PeeWee and The Blue Lagoon), as well as acclaimed actress and Mason City's own Tanna Frederick (Defrost, Ovation, Queen of the Lot). More film festival details can be found at www.iowaindie.org.
Kleiser’s virtual reality film, Defrost, which showed earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival and was produced and starred in by Tanna Frederick, will open the festival. Critically-acclaimed director/producer Henry Jaglom’s (The M Word, Queen of the Lot, Deja Vu) latest film, Ovation, which stars Frederick and is receiving strong reviews, will be featured on Saturday evening, September 17 with a special Q&A with Jaglom via Skype.
“We are honored that Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg is among so many great films featured at this year’s Iowa Independent Film Festival,” said co-producer/co-director Garry McGee. “We are looking forward to sharing Jean’s story with a new audience, seeing people we have long admired, and watching great independent movies.”
Selected from 18,000 aspiring actresses at age 17, Marshalltown, Iowa’s Jean Seberg made her acting debut in Otto Preminger’s 1957 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. Movie Star is the first documentary film to focus on the private side of the famous actress and examines Seberg’s very public American and international film career, civil rights era activism, and her mysterious, untimely death in Paris in 1979.
The film features exclusive on-camera interviews with Seberg’s family, friends and film colleagues, 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 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 producer Kelly Rundle.
Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg will screen Saturday, September 17 at 1:00PM in the main Ballroom at the Historic Park Inn, and again on Sunday in the Markley Room at 12:30PM. Q&A will follow the screenings and admission is free. Visit www.iowaindie.org for more details.
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. The film won the Iowa Motion Picture Association’s top Award of Excellence in a Documentary, the Award of Excellence from the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards in Los Angeles, and Best Documentary at the Landlocked Film Festival and the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival.
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. The Rundles received a Regional Emmy® nomination for their documentaries River to River: Iowa’s Forgotten Highway 6, Letters Home to Hero Street (co-produced with WQPT) and Country School: One Room – One Nation.