A celebration of Seberg

The past two Jean Seberg International Film Festivals have highlighted her career through film and celebrated her legacy.

The third annual festival at the Orpheum Theater honoring the Marshalltown-born actress is upping the ante as it will host a world premiere of a new documentary film about her life.

The festival will run from Nov. 15 through 17 and feature screenings of the documentary “Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg.”

The film will be part of the opening night Friday, and it will feature a red carpet special event at 6:30 p.m. with live radio interviews as guests arrive. A hors d’oeuvres and champagne party with music by Amy & Adams will lead into the film at 8 p.m.

“This is always really fun for the participants.” said Shannon Mitchell, one of the event organizers. “It’s really like attending a Hollywood premiere right here in Marshalltown.”

The premiere party is sold out but there are still tickets available to see the film Saturday and Sunday. The film is being produced by Tammy and Kelly Rundle, along with Seberg biographer Garry McGee.

“We’re pretty excited about it, and I know Jean’s family is excited about it too,” Kelly Rundle said.

The Rundles and McGee will host roundtable discussions after each time the film is shown in the three days.

Nancy Adams, another organizer of the event, said there is great anticipation for the film and it is ideal to debut it in Seberg’s hometown.

“This is definitely the right place to do it,” Adams said.

The premiere night will also feature the presentation of the Jean Seberg Drama Award to Marshalltown High School senior Grace Franck.

The festival continues over the weekend with screenings of eight of Seberg’s films including her well known roles in “Breathless” and “Saint Joan.”

Mitchell said of the eight Seberg films being screened four have been shown at past festivals and four will be new to the festival.

There will also be two symposiums on Seberg which are free and open to the public. One by film historian Richard Ness at noon Saturday and one by civil rights expert Horace Porter at 4 p.m. Saturday.

The Seberg display of photographs, newspaper clippings and other information on the life of the star will again be a major part of the festival.

“The collection is so comprehensive and we continue to get donations,” Adams said.

Seberg died in 1979 and Wednesday would have marked her 75th birthday.

Movie prices have been dropped to $5. Admission prices for the Seberg documentary on Saturday and Sunday are $8.

“We are trying to make it an affordable event,” Mitchell said.

Call 641-844-5909 or visit the Orpheum box office to purchase tickets or for more information.