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Seberg exhibit a hit at festival

Orpheum spotlights actress in photos, collections

November 10, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

As the name implies, movies are the main attraction during the Jean Seberg Film Festival this weekend at the Orpheum Theater.

But another feature of the event is getting plenty of notice - the Seberg exhibit area in the Black Box Theater featuring giant photographs of the Marshalltown-born actress and other items where people can learn more about her.

One of the places people seem to spend time with at the exhibit are the newspaper clippings and collections of photographs that spotlight Seberg through the years.

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Orpheum Theater volunteer Frank Ocasio, left, talks with visitors Judy and Bill Cormier Friday at the Jean Seberg exhibit as part of the Jean Seberg International Film Festival at the Theater.

One collection is new this year - it involves clippings of Seberg saved by Jinita Boyd since she was 9 years old.

"We were very proud of our hometown movie star," Boyd writes in a page in the collection. "It was as if in some part we were responsible for her success."

Judy Cormier was with her husband Bill Cormier checking out the exhibit Friday. The Cormiers, who are from the Los Angeles area, were in town visiting relatives. They said they lucked out to time their visit right with the festival. They were enjoying the exhibit area, and the tour led by Orpheum volunteer Frank Ocasio.

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Seberg expert honored at festival



Garry McGee, a man who has dedicated a great deal of his adult life to uncovering the truth about the life of Jean Seberg, was honored Friday night at the film festival bearing her name.

McGee received the Orpheum Theater Outstanding Service award for his advocacy and promotion of the life and legacy of Seberg, who was born and raised in Marshalltown.

McGee, of Elma, Iowa, is the author of the Seberg biography "Breathless," and is currently working on a documentary film about the Marshalltown-born actress titled "Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg." It is expected to be released in 2013 by FourthWall Films of the Quad Cities.

"I was very surprised," McGee said of the moment he found out about the Orpheum award. "I didn't feel that I would ever receive something like that, let alone be considered. I'm grateful for the honor."

He was presented the award by Mary Ann Seberg Shuey, the sister of Jean Seberg.

"He has been dedicated to preserving Jean's memory for over 20 years and is the most genuine person that I have had the pleasure of talking with about Jean," Shuey said.


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"This is great," Judy Cormier said of the festival. "It's wonderful they are doing this."

Philip Pardee, of Washington, D.C., said he stumbled across the festival on the internet and has always been a fan of Seberg. He was impressed by how many clippings and photographs were saved for the collections through the years.

"It's remarkable how the people kept these items," Pardee said. "It shows a lot about how proud they were of her."

The festival features a full day of events Saturday and ends by midday Sunday.



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