THIRD ANNUAL JEAN SEBERG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
NOVEMBER 15, 16, 17th, 2013
ORPHEUM THEATER CENTER, MARSHALLTOWN, IOWA
2013 Festival Schedule: Coming Soon…
The third annual Jean Seberg International Film Festival in Jean’s hometown of Marshalltown, Iowa, has been set for November 15 – 17.
The event will mark the 75th anniversary of Seberg’s birth (November 13, 1938).
Seberg died in 1979 at age 40 after having made 37 films. Her death in Paris from a barbiturate overdose was ruled a suicide.
Location of the festival is Marshalltown’s historic Orpheum Theater Center.
Quote from Pip Gordon, festival director: "Jean always remained true to her midwestern roots and those values Iowans are so famous for: determination, hard work, honesty, and an abiding concern for those less-fortunate. We are committed to keeping her memory alive and to ensuring that she receives her due from history."
The festival will feature the premiere of Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg by Tammy and Kelly Rundle of Fourth Wall Films and author Garry McGee. The documentary was 12 years in the making and includes interviews with Jean’s immediate family, friends, teachers and colleagues. Other events include tributes from those who knew Jean Seberg, symposia and the showing of five of her films.
A special Seberg Legacy Road Tour takes guests to 13 major sites in Marshalltown, including Riverside Cemetery where her parents Ed and Dorothy, her brother David and daughter Nina lay in rest.
The re-purposed Orpheum Theater Center is owned and operated by the Iowa Valley Community College District and is a member of the League of Historic American Theaters. The center contains a coffee shop, movie house, black box theater for live performance and an exhibit hall that features Iowans of the stage and screen.
More information on Jean Seberg is available in this bibliography.
FESTIVAL PREFERRED HOTEL:
Tremont on Main (walking distance to Orpheum)
641.752.1234 for reservations
OTHER ACCOMMODATION AND MARSHALLTOWN INFORMATION:
Marshalltown is a 45-minute drive from the Des Moines International Airport.
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JEAN SEBERG FACT SHEET
- Jean Seberg was chosen as a teenager to star in Otto Preminger’s Saint Joan (1957). She beat 18,000 applicants for the role.
- She came from Marshalltown, Iowa, a classic small town in the American Mid West.
- Jean went on to make 37 films in all, with broadly equal numbers in English and French (also productions in Italian, Spanish and German).
- Her most important films are A Bout de Souffle (French) – English title, Breathless: 1960 – for director Jean-Luc Godard, and Lilith (American, 1964). She made two Hollywood blockbusters: Paint Your Wagon (1969) and Airport (1970). (A Bout de Souffle is a seminal picture of the French ‘New Wave’movement, and as such one of the most important pictures since WW2.)
- Jean lived in Paris for most of her adult life, with regular stays in America for film-making and to see family in Marshalltown.
- She was married three times, most famously to the writer and diplomat Romain Gary (her second husband, who was more than 20 years older).
- Her support for radical courses, notably the Black Panthers, brought her to the notice of the FBI. J. Edgar Hoover famously ordained that Jean Seberg was to be ‘neutralized’ with disinformation. Many believe that this trauma lay behind the premature birth of her second child, Nina, who survived only two days, and Jean’s troubled last years.
- She was found dead in 1979 aged 40 in a parked car in a Paris street. Her death from a barbiturate overdose was ruled a suicide, although murder has been suggested.
Press Coverage from Previous Festivals: