WE ♥ DOCS
New 'Saturday Night Live' Documentary to Open Tribeca Film Festival
by Ethan Anderton
February 12, 2015
This is a huge year for "Saturday Night Live." Coming up this weekend we have the live 40th anniversary special airing the evening of Sunday, February 15th, and it will be chock full of cast members, all-star hosts and of course clips from the late night sketch series' long run on the air. And now we'll get an in-depth look at the history of "SNL" in the form of a new documentary called Live from New York!, and it's just been announced as the opening night film of the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on Wednesday, April 15th. This comes after James Franco's behind the scenes look at "SNL" debuted on Hulu last year.
Here's what the official press release says about Live from New York!:
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.
The film is directed by Bao Nguyen (director of 2030, producer of Once in a Lullaby), and it marks the first feature film documentary to dive into the sketch series' rich history. But why now? Well, series creator Lorne Michaels simply says, "After 40 years, the timing just felt right." In addition, festival co-founder and "SNL" host Robert De Niro says, "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." I cannot wait to see this documentary. Cool?