SUNDAY CLASSIC GTC: WHO CAN SLEEP – Jean Seberg
by Walter Price
First, my mind asked, “Who is Jean Seberg?”. The name is familiar but has clearly faded from memory. Then I found myself in a six-hour journey down a sad and twisted rabbit hole involving French and Hollywood film history, the FBI, Black Panther Party, misunderstanding, sadness, and suicide (allegedly).
Los Angeles’ indie-pop outfit Who Can Sleep (Lexie Helgerson and Dean Vivirito) explore questions needed to be asked of a name that’s nearly forgotten to recent generations. And in a new political climate that many fear could mirror past government intrusions, their haunting single, “Jean Seberg”, finds reverberating importance.
Before you check out the acclaimed Mike Gan directed film, check out this excerpt from an article by David Thrussell (http://www.waxpoetics.com/)
A casket covered with lilies, daisies, and yellow roses. A stunned and muted crowd of hundreds gathered at Paris’s Montparnasse Cemetery, Friday, September 14, 1979.
The mourners were there to bid farewell to Jean Seberg, internationally renowned actress, activist, and reluctant celebrity. Among those present were her young son Diego and his father (Jean’s former husband), notable French author and diplomat Romain Gary.
Parisian police had declared her death a suicide, the result of alcohol and barbiturate poisoning. But the coroner was more cautious, at first issuing a report of “probable suicide” with “unresolved questions,” and then the following year filing charges for “persons unknown” who may have been involved in her death.
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[ Orig. Pub. Date, 24. January 2017]
WHO CAN SLEEP, Jean Seberg
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Artist photo by Charlie Chipman
Winner Best Cinematography Moonfaze Feminist Film Festival 2016
Paris Short Film Festival 2017
Semifinalist – Paris Music Video Underground 2017
Directed by Mike Gan
Produced by Harrison Harvey, Mike Gan, Lexie Helgerson
Director of Photography: Cory Warner
Steadicam Operator: Aaron Gantt
Wardrobe: Kathleen Kennedy
Production Design: Flora Ortega
Makeup: Hayley Goldschein
Assistant Director: Julia Aks