Love, Gilda, Lisa D’Apolito’s debut feature-length documentary about the late, legendary comedian Gilda Radner, will open the 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival.
Presented by CNN Films, the film provides an intimate portrait of the Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedian who was an original cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1975-1980.
Told in Radner’s own words and with her voice, the film weaves together audio tapes, rare home archive, diary entries and interviews with her friends and those inspired by her.
Featured in the film are interviews with Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Cecily Strong; SNL original cast members Chevy Chase, Laraine Newman and Paul Shaffer; SNL creator Lorne Michaels; SNL writer Alan Zweibel; Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz; Second City CEO Andrew Alexander; and long-time friend Martin Short.
After marrying actor Gene Wilder in September 1984, Radner was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer two years later. She eventually succumbed to the disease and complications due to intestinal perforation on May 20, 1989.
Love, Gilda debuts on the opening night of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, which runs April 18-29, at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.
Love, Gilda is produced by 3 Faces Films in association with Motto Pictures. D’Apolito serves as director and producer on the film with the support of the Gilda Radner estate.
Further producers on the film include Bronwyn Berry, Meryl Goldsmith, and James Tumminia.
Submarine is handling sales for the film.
The 2018 Tribeca Film Festival will announce its feature film slate on March 7.
“As a festival that has always supported women’s voices and is largely run by women we are incredibly proud to celebrate the inimitable voice of Gilda during the opening night of our festival,” said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder and CEO of the Tribeca Film Festival, in a statement. “Gilda Radner was a powerful comedic force of nature who opened doors and thrilled audiences while becoming one of the most prolific comedians of a generation. Her cutting edge humor was only second to her dedicated leadership in cancer care with her eponymous Gilda’s Club.”
“I fell in love with Gilda Radner while doing pro bono work at Gilda’s Club, the cancer support organization Gene Wilder founded in honor of Gilda, in Greenwich Village where I grew up,” added D’Apolito. “This started my journey to discover who Gilda was as a person and as a performer. Gilda inspired me and many other women with her remarkable spirit and unique talent that changed the world of comedy.”