The 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival is to kick off on April 15 with the world premiere of Bao Nguyen’s Saturday Night Live (SNL) documentary Live from New York!
The opening night film explores the iconic comedy sketch show’s early years using archival footage and interviews with Saturday Night Live comedians and hosts, as well as journalists, crew and others influenced by the show. The program is nearing 800 episodes and celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
Director Nguyen – who has worked primarily as a cinematographer – previously helmed such doc shorts as Julian and A Tree Falls in the Forest. Producers on the doc include JL Pomeroy and Tom Broecker.
“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, 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,” she continued.
Nguyen added: “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.”
The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival will announce its feature film selection in the first week of March. The event runs from April 15 to 26.