We’ve already run down our 20 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, and the festival will be kicking off with a documentary about one of the longest running shows in television history and a fixture of American pop culture since —”Saturday Night Live.”
“Live From New York!” finds director Bao Nguyen trying to condense forty years of the show’s history into one compact film, and he admits the task was daunting.
“It was an amazing experience watching 40 years of ‘SNL’ and reliving old memories I had of the show growing up. At the same time, it was sort of a mixed blessing, because we had quite a challenge choosing which parts of 40 years to include in a 90-minute film,” Nguyen told the fest. “In the end, our approach was to find clips that really spoke about what was going on at the time and had a strong impact culturally and in some cases, politically. We always joked onset that if an alien came down to Earth and wanted to learn about American culture over the past 40 years, would SNL hold up as an accurate almanac? I think in most cases it would, even if through a very satirical lens.”
“Live From New York!” opens Tribeca on April 15th. Watch the trailer below.