She was the toast of Hollywood and the darling of Paris. But Marshalltown native and movie actress Jean Seberg’s life was anything but a fairy tale and ended in tragedy.
Iowa City, IA, August 06, 2015 –(PR.com)– The award-winning documentary “Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean” Seberg will be showcased at the Landlocked Film Festival in the Englert Theater, 221 E. Washington Street, Iowa City, on Saturday, August 15 at 8:00 p.m. The film was produced by regional Emmy® nominated filmmakers Kelly Rundle and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, and Garry McGee of McMarr, Ltd.
“Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg” 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.
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) and film producer/director Nicolas Gessner (Diamonds are Brittle); scholars, including film historian Dr. Rich Ness (WIU-Macomb), civil rights scholars 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 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.
Selected from 18,000 aspiring actresses at age 17, Seberg made her acting debut in Otto Preminger’s “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: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg” is an Official Selection at the Landlocked Film Festival and will screen at the Englert Theater in Iowa City on August 15 at 8 p.m., following the green carpet and awards ceremony. A Q&A with the filmmakers will take place after the screening.
Kelly and Tammy Rundle have produced a number of award-winning documentaries through their company Fourth Wall Films, including “Lost Nation: The Ioway 1, 2 & 3”, and “Villisca: Living with a Mystery”. They received a regional Emmy® nomination for their documentary “Country School: One Room – One Nation”.
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.
Fourth Wall Films