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Orpheum to give Seberg festival encore

Film festival runs Thursday through Sunday at theater

November 4, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

Orpheum Theater Director Pip Gordon feels last year's inaugural Jean Seberg International Film Festival went a long way to honor the Marshalltown-raised actress and bring more pride to the community.

One year later, that effort remains as the second annual festival is set to begin.

"We feel like the outcome of last year's festival was that Marshalltown is claiming Jean Seberg to be their own," Gordon said.

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The Jean Seberg International Film Festival will be held Thursday through Sunday at the Orpheum Theater in Marshalltown. This is the second annual festival to honor the late Marshalltown-raised actress who became an international icon.

This year's festival runs Thursday through Sunday and features 12 film screenings, two symposiums, bus tours of Seberg sites in town, special exhibits with Seberg photos and collections, and other events.

Seberg's brother, Kurt Seberg, and sister Mary Ann Seberg Shuey, are also making a return trip to Marshalltown for the festival.

"I think the fact that they are here is a real testament to what we are doing," Gordon said.

Fact Box

2012 Jean Seberg International Film Festival

Orpheum Theater


1 -7 p.m. - All access pass registration

6:45 -7 p.m. - Red carpet event with live radio broadcast

7 -9:20 p.m. - Opening ceremony/Saint Joan screening (Movie House)

9:30 -10:30 p.m. - Seberg exhibit after party


10 a.m. - Seberg exhibit open

10:30 a.m. - 12:04 p.m. - Bonjour Tristesse (Seberg Theater)

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Breathless (Movie House)

11 a.m. -12:30 p.m. - Seberg Legacy Road Tour

1:30-3:24 p.m. - Lilith (Seberg Theater)

2 - 3:44 p.m. - A Fine Madness (Movie House)

4 -5:34 p.m. - Bonjour Tristesse (Seberg Theater)

7 - 8:23 p.m. - The Mouse That Roared (Movie House)

8 - 9:54 p.m. - Lilith (Seberg Theater)

10 p.m. - Seberg exhibit closes


10 a.m. -Seberg exhibit open

10-10:50 a.m. - Seberg TV Interviews (Seberg Theater)

11 a.m. -12:30 p.m. - Symposium I - Jean Seberg: International Icon (Movie House)

1 -2:30 p.m. - Breathless (Seberg Theater)

2 -4:17 p.m. - Airport (Movie House)

2 -3:30 p.m. - Seberg Legacy Road Tour

3 -4:44 p.m. - A Fine Madness (Seberg Theater)

5 -6 p.m. - Symposium II - Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg

(Movie House)

7 -8:53 p.m. - The Mouse That Roared (Seberg Theater)

8 -10:44 p.m. - Paint Your Wagon (Movie House)

10 p.m. - Seberg exhibit closes


10 a.m. - Seberg exhibit open

10 -10:50 a.m. - Seberg TV Interviews (Seberg Theater)

11:30 a.m. -12:20 p.m. - Seberg TV Interviews (Seberg Theater)

2 - 3:43 p.m. - Closing Ceremony/Moment to Moment (Movie House)

4 p.m. - Seberg exhibit closes

For those who attended last year and think they've seen it all on Seberg, Gordon promises to make it fresh this year, from different movies, to new color photographs to new collections on display about the actress.

"For anyone that was here last year, there's new things to see this year," Gordon said.

The auditorium will serve as the main movie house with other films and Seberg exhibit material staged in the Black Box Theater.

Seberg's most popular films such as "Saint Joan," "Breathless," "Airport" and "Paint Your Wagon" will be brought back for a second straight year.

"We wanted to redo her favorites," Gordon said.


The festival will open with a 6:45 p.m. red carpet event leading up to opening ceremonies at 7 p.m. During this event, there will be a special ceremony where Former Marshalltown Mayor Leonard Grimes and current Mayor Tommy Thompson will present a key to the city to Jean's sister. Grimes presented Jean a key to the city on Nov. 8, 1956, so this presentation will be exactly 56 years later. The film "Saint Joan" will open the weekend of movies at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.


The first full day of events will include seven films, the Seberg Legacy Road Tour and a special service award presentation to Seberg biographer Garry McGee. McGee is the author of the Seberg book "Breathless."


Two symposiums will be held Saturday along with a day full of movie screenings. The first symposium at 11 a.m. will feature British journalist Cedric Pulford, who brings back new information from interviewing a friend of Seberg and others in Paris. Pulford will highlight Seberg's continued status as an international icon. The second symposium at 5 p.m. will be led by filmmakers Tammy and Kelly Rundle and McGee, all of whom are working on a documentary film on Seberg due out in 2013.


The festival ends with the exhibits open for one last day then a 2 p.m. closing ceremony and the screening of "Moment to Moment."

Tickets for individual events and movies range from $5 to $15 will be available at the door. All-access passes are $140. For more information on the festival, call the Orpheum at 641-752-4311 or visit



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