'Saturday Night Live' Documentary to Kick Off Tribeca Film Festival

'Live From New York!' examines the last 40 years of American culture through the hit sketch show

Garrett Morris, Jane Curtin, Bill Murray, Laraine Newman, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, and John Belushi on 'SNL.' Credit: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty

Live From New York!, a new documentary chronicling the last 40-years of American culture and politics through the lens of Saturday Night Live, will make its world premiere and open the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday, April 14th.

Directed by Bao Nguyen, the film combines archival footage and interviews with beloved SNL cast members, hosts, crew members as well as journalists, politicians and others who have been influenced by the sketch comedy show. The documentary also examines the factors that have allowed SNL to reinvent itself and stay continually fresh over the course of nearly 800 episodes.

"The selection of Live from New York! to open the 14th Tribeca Film Festival is personally gratifying to me on several levels," Robert De Niro, co-founder of Tribeca Film Festival, said in a statement. "Having hosted SNL three times, and guested on several occasions, I speak from a first-hand experience about SNL's rightful place in our culture as well as a welcome addition to our Festival."

Tickets for Live From New York!'s premiere and the Tribeca Film Festival's Opening Night Gala go on sale March 23rd for American Express card members, and March 28th for the general public. The festival will take place throughout New York City from April 15th to April 26th, and its initial slate of feature films will be announced the first week of March.

As for SNL, the show will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a three-hour extravaganza set to air this Saturday, February 15th at 8 p.m. EST on NBC. The special boasts an all-star list of guests including Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Paul Simon and Taylor Swift, as well as numerous former SNL cast members and hosts like Tina Fey, Kristen Wiig, Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Maya Rudolph, Emma Stone, Martin Short, Will Ferrell, Jerry Seinfeld and Mike Myers. Perhaps most surprisingly, the show will also feature an appearance from Eddie Murphy, who hasn't taken the Studio 8H stage since he hosted an episode in 1984.