International film star and Marshalltown, Iowa’s own Jean Seberg will be honored in a proclamation signed by Iowa Governor Branstad at the State Capital on the morning of October 21, 2016. Seberg’s family will be in attendance, as will Emmy-nominated filmmakers Garry McGee, and Kelly & Tammy Rundle. Their award-winning documentary Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg will be showcased at a special ‘Hollywood Backstories: Remembering Jean Seberg’ event at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines on October 22 at 1:00 p.m. The event is free to the public. A Q&A will take place after the film and will be moderated by Produce Iowa's Liz Gilman with Jean's sister Mary Ann Shuey, filmmaker and Seberg biographer Garry McGee, and Nancy Adams, Jean Seberg/Orpheum Theater Collection Curator. The event is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and Produce Iowa.
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.
Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg is an Official Selection at the LA Femme International Film Festival in Beverly Hills, California and screens at the Laemmle Music Hall Theater on October 21 at 2pm. The film also 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.
A celebration of Jean's life and legacy takes place each year in her hometown of Marshalltown, Iowa at the Jean Seberg Festival of the Arts. This year's event will be held November 4-5, 2016 at the Orpheum Theater Center, where Jean's first film, Saint Joan, premiered in 1957. The theater is located at 220 E Main St, Marshalltown. For more information, schedule/tickets visit Jean Seberg at the O!
The Hollywood Backstories series is presented by Produce Iowa-State Office of Media Production, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.
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. 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. Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films 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.