Bao Nguyen’s documentary about the history of Saturday Night Live will kick off the 14th edition of the festival in New York on April 15.
Live From New York! chronicles the show’s humble origins when Lorne Michaels took a cast of unknown players and turned the weekly broadcast into an iconic comedy house.
JL Pomeroy and Tom Broecker serve as producers.
“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 Nguyen, a former Tribeca All-Access participant.
“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.”
“After 40 years, the timing just felt right,” said Michaels.
The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival will announce its feature film slate in the first week of March. The festival is set to run from April 15-26.