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Friday, February 13, 2015

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Documentary LIVE FROM NEW YORK! to Open the Tribeca Film Festival

Well you can't say Saturday Night Live hasn't marketed their 40th anniversary wisely. With the show's three and a half hour long special scheduled to air this Sunday and the countless commercials surrounding their anniversary, there is no way you can avoid it. And now Lorne Michaels and the SNL team have one more thing to celebrate: LIVE FROM NEW YORK!, the documentary that explores the show's early years, will open this year's Tribeca Film Festival.

You may remember that last year the festival opened with Nas's Time is Illmatic, a still criminally underrated documentary, so it looks like there's a nonfiction trend building. I can only hope LIVE FROM NEW YORK! is at least half as good as Nas's doc. More on the film from Tribeca's press release issued on Thursday: 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 respected documentary filmmaker Bao Nguyen, who clearly has a deep admiration for the iconic show: “'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.”

Thoughts? The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival will announce its feature film slate the first week of March. I'll keep you posted.

To find out more about purchasing tickets for the festival, click here.


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