Moline filmmakers win prestigious selection at London film festival for Seberg doc

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Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Moline-based Fourth Wall Films are delighted that their documentary about an international movie star from Iowa is in official selection at the 2021 Raindance Film Festival in London, England.

The award-winning film, “Jean Seberg: Actress Activist Icon”, is a co-production with Garry McGee of McMarr Ltd. Raindance is the UK’s largest independent film festival and is ranked among the top 10 international festivals for independent filmmakers. , according to a statement from Fourth Wall. “Jean Seberg” will have its international premiere at the Curzon Hoxton cinema in London on Thursday, November 4, 2021.

“We are honored that the true story of Jean Seberg’s life and contributions to cinema is presented at this prestigious European film festival, said co-producer Tammy Rundle. “The film was a labor of love for the three of us.”

Chosen from 18,000 aspiring actresses around the world at age 17, in Marshalltown, Jean Seberg of Iowa made her acting debut in Otto Preminger’s “Saint Joan” in 1957 and starred in the Hollywood films “Lilith “,” Paint Your Wagon “and the blockbuster” Airport “, among others. She is best known for her performance with co-star Jean-Paul Belmondo in the groundbreaking French New Wave film by director Jean-Luc Godard “Breathless” (1960).

Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg in Jean-Luc Godard’s French New Wave classic “Breathless” (Photo by Raymond Cauchetier).

Seberg’s offscreen civil rights activism and financial support for the Black Panther Party made her a target of the FBI’s COINTELPRO and their plan to “neutralize” her set off a downward spiral leading to her mysterious and untimely death in the age 40 in Paris in 1979.

Produced by award-winning filmmakers Garry McGee (McMarr, Ltd.), Kelly Rundle and Tammy Rundle (Fourth Wall Films), “Jean Seberg: Actress Activist Icon” is the first documentary film to focus on the private side of the movie star. international. , combining exclusive interviews with Jean’s family, friends and colleagues with unseen private photographs, home movies and rare film clips.

Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg in “Backfire” (Free escape), directed by Jean Becker (1964).

“Jean Seberg: Actress Activist Icon” was funded in part by grants from Humanities Iowa, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Iowa Arts Council. The Marshall County Historical Society served as the fiscal sponsor for the project.

The Rundles films received nine Mid-America Emmy nominations. Garry McGee is the author of “Jean Seberg: Breathless” and co-author of “Neutralized: The FBI vs. Jean Seberg” and “The Films of Jean Seberg”.

He received a Regional Emmy nomination in the writing category for “The Last Wright. “

Fourth Wall Films is an award-winning independent film and video production company formerly located in Los Angeles and now based in Moline. For more information, visit quarterwallfilms.com.


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