The current work on a documentary film on the life and death of Jean Seberg received a boost with the announcement of a $9,000 grant from the Iowa Arts Council.
The film, titled "Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg," is currently in post-production by Garry McGee of Elma, Iowa as well as the Quad Cities filmmakers Tammy and Kelly Rundle.
Seberg was born in Marshalltown and went on to become an international film star whose work is still very popular today in Europe.
Filmmakers Garry McGee, left, and Kelly Rundle work on the Jean Seberg documentary film titled “Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg.” The film on the actress from Marshalltown is expected to be released in 2013.
"I am very grateful to the Iowa Arts Council for its support of this important project," McGee said. "The grant will help bring Jean's unique and compelling story to the screen. She is a fascinating person and still has a huge following all around the world."
McGee, who is author of the book "Jean Seberg: Breathless," said the film will dispel many of the myths surrounding Seberg's life and death.
Jeff Morgan of the Iowa Arts Council said the grant went through a competitive review process and the film was selected because it will spotlight a noteworthy Iowan.
"Movie Star" is expected to be released in 2013. There are no specific plans yet as to the location of where it will premiere, but filmmakers would like the first time it's shown in Iowa to be in Marshalltown. All three filmmakers were in Marshalltown last November presenting at the inaugural Jean Seberg International Film Festival at the Orpheum Theater.
For more information and to see a trailer of the film, visit www.jeansebergmovie.com