SNL Documentary ‘Live From New York!’ to Open Tribeca Film Festival

“After 40 years, the timing just felt right,” said Lorne Michaels

The world premiere of the “Saturday Night Live” documentary “Live From New York!” will open the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival on Wed., April 15, it was announced today.

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.

“’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 Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival. “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. We are excited to welcome Bao Nguyen back to Tribeca to open our 14th Festival with the world premiere of ‘Live From New York!’”

“After 40 years, the timing just felt right,” said Lorne Michaels.

“The selection of ‘Live from New York!’ to open the 14th Tribeca Film Festival is personally gratifying to me on several levels. 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,” said Robert De Niro, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival.

“’Saturday Night Live’ is such a revered institution and we really wanted to make a film that reflected its significance not just to the American comedic tradition but also to American culture and society,” said director Bao Nguyen. “I want to thank Lorne Michaels for allowing us to film in the storied halls of Studio 8H.  I’d also like to thank JL Pomeroy and Tom Broecker for trusting me with their creative vision. Finally, I can’t thank Tribeca enough for all their support. We couldn’t dream of a better place to world premiere Live From New York! than at New York City’s own Tribeca Film Festival.”

The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival will announce its feature film slate the first week of March.