Seberg documentary film will debut at Orpheum

Mania for actress Jean Seberg will descend again on Marshalltown this November with the third annual Jean Seberg International Film Festival at the Orpheum Theater.

Adding to the attraction this year is the world premiere of a new documentary about the Marshalltown-born actress which has been several years in the making and has drawn interest throughout the world.

The film, titled “Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg,” is being produced by the Quad Cities-based Fourth Wall Films couple Kelly and Tammy Rundle and Seberg biographer and expert Garry McGee.

The film will debut Nov. 15 with a red carpet opening. It will also be shown Nov. 16 and 17 at the Orpheum as part of the festival.

Kelly Rundle said to debut the film in Seberg’s hometown is ideal.

“What better place to do it?” Rundle said.

The filmmakers have made several visits to Marshalltown working on the documentary, and it will be prevalent in the film.

“Marshalltown will provide a visual fabric for the film,” Rundle said.

The Rundles have been on board the film for several years. For McGee, who is author of the Seberg biography “Breathless,” it has been decades of work.

Media reports and previous films on Seberg haven’t told the complete story, Kelly Rundle said. This film attempts to tell what it can in 90 minutes, featuring interviews with many of the people who knew Seberg best.

“This would be a story that comes from her family and friends and those that worked with her,” Rundle said. “A lot of stories in the media did not come from those places.”

The film will try to show several aspects of the actress who died in 1979.

“In the film we will focus on Jean as an actress, an activist and an enduring icon,” Rundle said.

The Rundles and McGee are still wrapping up work on the film, but look forward to the culmination of years of hard work this November.

“It’s been a long journey, even for us,” Rundle said. “It’s exciting.”

Pip Gordon, director of the Orpheum, is also excited the film is coming to the Orpheum.

“It’s huge, Gordon said. “This is the world premiere of the documentary, so it’s very exciting for us.”

The work of Fourth Wall Films will be familiar to local Orpheum visitors as the company also produced two movies which were hits when screened at the Orpheum – one on country schools and one on the Villisca ax murders.

“I think Marshalltown and Iowa know they produce a very, very high-quality documentary,” Gordon said.

Aside from the big debut of the film, there will also be eight other films featuring Seberg’s work, symposiums and other special events during the festival.

“It’s a big year because it’s the 75th anniversary of Jean’s birth,” Gordon said.

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