Tribeca: 'SNL' Doc 'Live From New York!' to Open 2015 Film Festival

Live From New York Tribeca H 2015
Mary Ellen Matthews

Live From New York Tribeca H 2015

Directed by Bao Nguyen, the intimate look at forty years of 'Saturday Night Live' will kickoff the 14th annual film fest on April 15.

It looks like Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary will last through April.

The NBC sketch show — currently celebrating its four-decade milestone — is the subject of the documentary Live From New York!, which will open the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival on April 15, it was announced Thursday.

The doc, directed by Bao Nguyen and produced by JL Pomeroy and Tom Broecker, explores the early years and evolution of Lorne Michaels' comedy institution, complete with archival footage and commentary from past and present castmembers, journalists, hosts and crewmembers, among others.

"SNL's contribution to the arts and to pop culture has been — and continues to be — groundbreaking, and Live From New York! offers an inside look at the show’s inimitable ability to both reflect and impact American news, history and culture," said Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal in a statement. "This is the story of a creative journey from pilot to institution and a tribute to the moments that kept us laughing and talking long after the episodes aired."

"Having hosted SNL three times, and guested on several occasions, I speak from a first-hand experience about SNL's rightful place in our culture as well as a welcome addition to our Festival,” echoed Robert De Niro, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, with Michaels adding, "After 40 years, the timing just felt right."

The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, runs April 15 to 26, with its feature-film slate to be announced at a later date. Tickets for the opening night gala go on sale on March 23.

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