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Recap: ATX Television Festival: Love, Marilyn Screening And Closing Party

Her life was a bunch of colored pieces of glass placed together to make a beautiful kaleidoscope.

Lili Taylor in Love, Marilyn. (Photo Credit: National Post)

Lili Taylor in Love, Marilyn. (Photo Credit: National Post)

Near the 50th anniversary of her death, HBO screened Love, Marilyn during the ATX Television Festival Season Two at the State Theatre. The film is a documentary about the life of Marilyn Monroe, as told through behind the scenes footage, old movies and current Hollywood celebrities’ interpretations. Lisa Garbus used the documents has her North Star, and created the timeline of Monroe’s life to tell the story.

With the help of these celebrities, the documents and clips, Lisa Garbus, writer, director and producer, eloquently took the audience on the journey of Monroe’s life. Celebrities like Ben Foster, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Lindsay Lohan, Glenn Close, Viola Davis and Jeremy Piven, just to name a few, gave their talents to the film, taking Garbus’ vision and making it their own. They were able to pick pieces they could relate to or spoke to them and interpret the emotions of the iconic people in the blonde bombshell’s life.

(Photo Credit: Jack Plunkett)

Stars relaxing during the closing night party. (Photo Credit: Jack Plunkett)

Knowing that Monroe changed the image of women in Hollywood, Garbus hopes audiences will see how ambitious and courageous Monroe was, though she had insecurities just like everyone else. Garbus wants the audiences to appreciate the artistic career of this woman.

After the screening, there was a closing party where the stars mingled with the festival goers in a celebration. The hotel’s ballroom was transformed with elegant cocktail tables and hors d’oeuvres.

It was an ideal setting for festival goers to mix and mingle with the stars, and meet new people that also made the trip to Austin for the weekend.

Guests enjoy the oyster bar at the closing party. (Photo Credit: Jack Plunkett)

Guests enjoy the oyster bar at the closing party. (Photo Credit: Jack Plunkett)

The packed bar and patio was the perfect way for guests to unwind after an amazing and crazy first two days of the festival.

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