Tribeca Film Festival opens with SNL documentary
It was as if New York knew that it was being honored last night. The city put on its best finery on one of the first truly balmy nights of spring as a head-turning crowd of filmmakers and movie-lovers assembled for the premier of the 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival. And could there be a better way to celebrate the rich cinematic talent of the Big Apple than opening with a behind-the-scenes documentary about Saturday Night Live? We think not.
Cheers erupted when founders Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal introduced Bao Nguyen’s feature directorial debut Live From New York! The documentary surveys the cultural and political impact of NBC’s SNL throughout its 40 years on air. Current and past SNL cast members like Kate McKinnon, Bobby Moynihan and Aidy Bryant showed up, as did Lorne Michaels, the show’s long time creator and producer. Even former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, often skewered by SNL and featured in one of its most important moments—the first show after the 9/11 terrorist attacks—came in support of the film that was at once touching and nostalgic.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night was when Ludacris and his significant live band burst into song (rap!) seconds after the screening ended. The elated crowd joined in on the fun and not a body was left sitting.
After the show, guests headed to the after party at the newly Tavern on the Green in Central Park where they enjoyed a light dinner, drinks, photo booth fun and incredible 3D immersive experiences via simulator goggles. It was a magical evening to an already stellar kick off!