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Orpheum to hold Jean Seberg Festival of the Arts Nov. 3-5

2017 Jean Seberg Festival graphic

The 7th annual Jean Seberg Festival of the Arts will take a fond look back at the life and career of actress (and Marshalltown native) Jean Seberg, as well as celebrating her legacy with a Reader’s Theater, roundtable discussion, symposium, and showings of three of her films.

The IVCCD Orpheum Theater Center will host this year’s Jean Seberg Festival of the Arts beginning Friday, Nov. 3, at 5:30 pm and continuing through Sunday, Nov. 5, at noon.

On Friday, Nov. 3, the Festival will open at 5:30 pm with an art exhibit and black book displays. There will be a reception and awards ceremony from 6 to 7:30 in the Black Box Theater, during which participants will enjoy the music of Amy & Adams. Awards to be presented include the Orpheum Theater Outstanding Service Award, the Orpheum Theater Volunteer Service Award, and the Jean Seberg Drama Award.

From 7:45 to 9:15 on Friday David Engel will direct a Reader’s Theater, “Scenes from Sabrina Fair and Stardust,” in the Orpheum movie theater. Engel is Professor of Speech/Theater/Film at Marshalltown Community College, and he has directed and performed in a number of shows both on- and off-campus.

The festivities continue on Saturday, Nov. 4, with doors opening at 9:30 am. Acclaimed writer and journalist Cedric Pulford will moderate a roundtable discussion entitled “Jean Forever Relevant” in the Black Box Theater from 10 to 11:30 am. Pulford has worked in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) and Ohio, and has authored 10 books on diverse subjects. As a student editor at Oxford University, he gave Jean Seberg an early break in what might have become her second career when she wrote an article for his magazine.

As in the past, Jeanine Loros will offer a Guided Legacy Tour, which includes visits to several local sites instrumental to Jean Seberg’s formative years in Marshalltown. Participants will also have the opportunity to record (on video) their thoughts or words about Jean Seberg, which will be incorporated into a video project called “Memories of Jean.”

Saturday afternoon participants can attend the “Rebel Without a Pause” symposium with speaker Jude Rawlins (1:15 to 2:15 pm) and view the film “Diamonds are Brittle” followed by a Q&A with Director Nicholas Gessner (2:30 to 4:30 pm). Rawlins is a musician, filmmaker, writer and poet based in London, and he’s the founder of the Jean Seberg website Gessner is a renowned film director and writer whose work has won multiple awards in both Europe and the United States. He made his debut as a feature film director with “1 Milliard dans un billard” (Diamonds are Brittle) in 1965, starring Jean Seberg.

The Jean Seberg movie “Paint Your Wagon” will be shown Saturday evening from 6 to 8:15 pm.

The Orpheum will open Sunday, Nov. 5, at 9:30 am, when “Sights and Sounds of Previous Festivals” will be shown in the movie theater. The opportunity to contribute to the Memories of Jean video will remain available on Sunday from 10 to 10:30, followed by a showing of “Eternelle” in the movie theater from 10:30 to 11:45 am. The Festival will close with an announcement of the People’s Choice Award and closing remarks.

The cost for all Friday evening events is $15 per person. On Saturday the cost is $5 for the guided legacy tour and $6 each for admission to the two movies; all other Saturday events are free. The cost for all Sunday events is $6 per person.

For more information visit the Orpheum Theater Center website at

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