IOWA CITY, IOWA—Landlocked will open its 5th annual Film Festival with the critically-acclaimed documentary “Country School: One Room – One Nation” on Thursday, August 25th, 2011, 7:00 p.m. at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City. The film will be followed by a special Q&A with award-winning filmmakers Tammy & Kelly Rundle and include a glimpse of their new upcoming film Movie: Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg. The husband and wife team have partnered with Emmy-nominated Garry McGee to produce a biographical documentary focusing on the controversial Iowa-born actress, activist and icon.
The Rundles’ Country School: One Room – One Nation has screened to packed theaters and venues since its premiere in November 2010. More theatrical bookings throughout the U.S., a national DVD release later this year, and Midwestern PBS broadcasts of Country School are planned for 2012. Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg is slated for release in 2012.
Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg producers Garry McGee and Tammy Rundle (left) interview musician Mark Adams Westin in Minnesota. Adams-Westin's nine year friendship with Jean began when she asked him to sing at her daughter Nina's funeral.
Garry McGee (left) interviews Marshalltown, Iowa photographer Patton Apgar about his memories of Iowa actress Jean Seberg. Tammy Rundle (right) gathers sound and Kelly Rundle is behind the camera.
A new documentary feature film on actress and native Iowan Jean Seberg has been awarded a major media grant for $12,000 from Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant will fund a portion of the cost of production on Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg, produced, written and directed by Emmy®-nominated filmmaker Garry McGee and award-winning filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films. The fiscal sponsor for the grant is the Historical Society of Marshall County in Marshalltown, Iowa.
“We are grateful to Humanities Iowa for its support of this important documentary project,” said Producer Garry McGee. “The grant will help us bring Jean’s unique and compelling story to the screen.”
Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg is the first film to focus on the private side of the famous Marshalltown, Iowa native. The film will also examine Seberg’s very public American and international film career, civil rights era activism, and her mysterious death in Paris.
McGee, author of Jean Seberg: Breathless and co-author of Neutralized: The FBI vs Jean Seberg, recently received a Midwest Regional Emmy® nomination for writing on The Last Wright, a documentary he co-produced with Lucille Carra.
McGee joined forces with husband and wife team Kelly and Tammy Rundle, producers of the critically-acclaimed documentaries Lost Nation: The Ioway and Villisca: Living with a Mystery, to complete Movie Star.
“The Jean Seberg documentary comes to us with a treasure trove of exclusive interviews and archival materials from Jean’s family and other members of her personal circle,” said Producer Kelly Rundle.
“She is a fascinating person and still has a huge following all around the world. Our documentary will dispel many of the myths surrounding Jean’s life, work and untimely death,” said Producer Tammy Rundle.
Seberg made her acting debut in Otto Preminger’s Saint Joan and starred in Hollywood films Lilith, Paint Your Wagon, and Airport, among others. She is best known for her performance in director Jean-Luc Godard’s groundbreaking French film Breathless, recently rereleased on its 50 year anniversary to rave reviews and a new generation of Jean Seberg fans.
Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg is slated for release in late 2011. For more information, visit www.JeanSebergMovie.com.
Humanities Iowa is the only non-profit organization in Iowa committed to bringing the humanities to the public through interactive programming, publications, and events.
The Historical Society of Marshall County was formed in 1908 to provide a public link to Marshall County’s past, and collects and preserves artifacts and documents pertinent to Marshall County history.
Fourth Wall Films is an independent film and video production company formerly located in Los Angeles, and now based in Moline, Illinois.
Previously published movie stills of Jean Seberg are among hundreds of photographs assembled for a new documentary film on Marshalltown, Iowa native Jean Seberg.
On Saturday we reviewed a cache of hundreds of photographs of actress Jean Seberg provided by writer and Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg documentary producer Garry McGee.
Many are never-before-seen images from family, friends, and colleagues. Jean's private story will be told by combining stills, a variety of archival film footage, exclusive interviews, and new visual material gathered in her Marshalltown, Iowa hometown.
If you are a fan of Jean as a film and fashion icon, you will enjoy seeing these exciting new images in our upcoming documentary.