2015 Tribeca Film Festival to open with SNL documentary, “Live From New York!”
February 13, 2015 Matt Kleinschmidt Festivals, News
The 40th Anniversary Saturday Night Live party continues just a little longer. Tribeca Film Festival announced that they will kick off their 2015 festival with an SNL documentary directed by Bao Nguyen.
The documentary, based on the 2014 best-selling book, offers a deep and comprehensive look at the iconic sketch show’s 40 years on NBC including archival footage and commentary from everyone from cast members, writers, hosts, crew, and others. The Tribeca Film
kicks off with a screening on April 15th and runs through the 26th.
Saturday Night Live has been reflecting and influencing the American story for 40 years. Live From New York! explores the show’s early years, an experiment that began with a young Lorne Michaels and his cast of unknowns, and follows its evolution into a comedy institution. Archival footage is interwoven with stolen moments and exclusive commentary from “SNL” legends, journalists, hosts, crew and others influenced by the comedy giant. Live From New York! captures what has enabled “SNL” to continually refresh itself over nearly 800 episodes and keep America laughing for 40 years. Live From New York! is directed by Tribeca alum Bao Nguyen and produced by JL Pomeroy and Tom Broecker. Tickets for the TFF 2015 Opening Night Gala go on sale on March 23 at tribecafilm.com/festival. The Tribeca Film Festival runs April 15 to April 26.
This documentary is not to be confused with Saturday Night, the doc that James Franco shot last year. That one is up on Hulu, so you have until April 15th to watch it so you can compare SNL documentary notes.