(AA) — The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival opened Wednesday at New York’s Beacon Theatre with the world premiere of a documentary that chronicles the 40-year-history of “Saturday Night Live,” one of the longest-running programs on U.S. television.
“Live From New York!,” directed by Bao Nguyen, looks back at the show’s history, influence and most memorable moments.
Hip-hop star Chris “Ludacris” Bridges was to perform following the screening.
Ninety-seven feature-length titles are scheduled to be shown during the 14th edition of the festival, which is scheduled to run until April 26.
The undisputed highlight of the festival will be a special celebration to mark the 40th anniversary of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” the legendary British troupe’s absurd take on Arthurian legend.
Special screenings of the film, as well as other Pythonesque classics such as “Life of Brian” and “The Meaning of Life,” will also be featured.
The Tribeca Film Festival was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 to spur economic and cultural revitalization in New York’s lower Manhattan district following the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center.
Last year, more than 400,000 people attended screenings, panels, talks and free community events during the festival.