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'Saturday Night Live' documentary announces theatrical release date

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Live From New York!, the Saturday Night Live documentary that will open the Tribeca Film Festival on April 15, will open in U.S. theaters on June 12. Rather than a conventional history of the comedy institution that recently celebrated its 40th year on NBC, director Bao Nguyen and producers JL Pomeroy and Tom Broecker—SNL‘s long-time costume designer—interviewed current and former cast members and used archival footage to capture the unique place that SNL has carved out of the cultural landscape.

SNL is a sketch comedy show, but it’s a show that mirrors the world that we live in,” says Pomeroy. “The documentary is very clearly about looking at 40 years of American history and pop culture and how it’s been influenced by and reflected by Saturday Night Live.” 

Chevy Chase, Laraine Newman, John Goodman, Tina Fey, Candice Bergen, Chris Rock, Amy Poehler, and Alec Baldwin are some of the 50 SNL vets who sat for interviews. Abramorama is releasing the film in the U.S. with close collaboration with Landmark Theaters. Ron Mann’s Films We Like will release it in Canada on June 10. Fans can visit LiveFromNewYorkMovie.com and the website Tugg, to request screenings of the documentary at their local theaters.