Tribeca Film Festival to open with Gilda Radner documentary

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The Tribeca Film Festival will open its 17th edition with the world premiere of Love, Gilda on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at New York City’s Beacon Theatre. Presented by CNN Films and produced by 3 Faces Films in association with Motto Pictures, the doc celebrates the career of original “Saturday Night Live” star Gilda Radner.

Tickets for opening night go on sale on March 20 at www.tribecafilm.com/festival. The 2018 Tribeca Film Festival runs April 18-29.

Love, Gildawas directed and produced by Lisa D’Apolito with the support of the Gilda Radner estate. It weaves together audiotapes, rare home movies, diary entries, and interviews with Radner’s friends and those inspired by her including Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Cecily Strong; “SNL” original cast members Chevy Chase, Laraine Newman and Paul Shaffer, as well as “SNL” creator and producer Lorne Michaels, “SNL” writer Alan Zweibel, composer Stephen Schwartz, Second City CEO Andrew Alexander and Radner’s longtime friend Martin Short.

The popularity of Radner’s comedic characters Roseanne Roseannadanna, Emily Litella and Lisa Loopner fueled her rise to stardom. Soon after finding love with actor Gene Wilder, she was diagnosed with cancer.

“As a festival that has always supported women’s voices and is largely run by women, we are incredibly proud to celebrate the inimitable voice of Gilda during the opening night of our Festival,” said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder and CEO of the Tribeca Film Festival. “Gilda Radner was a powerful comedic force of nature who opened doors and thrilled audiences while becoming one of the most prolific comedians of a generation. Her cutting-edge humor was only second to her dedicated leadership in cancer care with her eponymous Gilda’s Club.”