Bao Nguyen, the director of Wednesday’s opening night Tribeca Film Festival documentary Live from New York!, recently moved to Saigon, Vietnam after 12 years in NYC. But he’s back in town this week for the big premiere as well as another event Thursday afternoon at the SoHo Apple Store.
The film festival has personal significance for Nguyen on a number of levels. From his recent interview with the festival:
“While I was still at NYU and had no intentions to be a filmmaker, I attended the first ever Tribeca Film Festival in 2002. Ten years later, I had the honor of world premiering the first feature I produced [Once in a Lullaby: PS 22 Chorus Documentary] at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. And now, my directorial feature debut is opening the festival!”
“In addition to the festival’s support, I have been fortunate enough to have the support of the Tribeca Film Institute on a number of other projects. I couldn’t imagine a better place to premiere a film about an iconic New York institution like Saturday Night Live.”
Nguyen said that one of the big surprises of making the documentary, officially sanctioned in connection with the NBC program’s 40th anniversary, was discovering that some of the show’s crew have been there since Day One. Live From New York! is set for theatrical release June 12.