“Live From New York!,” directed by Bao Nguyen, will debut April 15 as the opening film at the Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary combines archival footage with interviews of “SNL” cast members, crew, hosts and journalists and traces the evolution and influence of the show over nearly 800 episodes.
Those interviewed include Chevy Chase, Laraine Newman, John Goodman, Tina Fey, Candice Bergen, Chris Rock, Amy Poehler and Alec Baldwin.
The show premiered on NBC on Oct. 11, 1975. The documentary is created and produced by J.L. Pomeroy and Tom Broecker. Other producers are Kimmie H. Kim, Sarah Cowperthwaite and Owen Moogan, with Demetra Stavrakas associate producing.
Abramorama’s release will include support from the Landmark Theater chain, including their venues in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Additionally, the Tugg Web platform that allows people to request screenings at local theaters will complement the U.S. theatrical release.
Films We Like will release “Live From New York!” in Canada on June 10.
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“Abramorama is thrilled to be part of getting ‘SNL’ fans into cinemas to have the shared-audience experience they — and these comic geniuses — deserve,” said Abramorama president Richard Abramowitz.