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Gilda Radner Documentary to Open Tribeca Film Festival

FILE - Comedian Gilda Radner appears on the set of "Saturday Night Live" in New York. Dec. 1, 1977. A documentary about Radner will kick off the 17th Tribeca Film Festival, which is set for April 18-29 in New York.

A documentary about the comedian and original Saturday Night Live cast member Gilda Radner will kick off the 17th Tribeca Film Festival.

The New York festival on Tuesday announced the opening-night selection of Love, Gilda, directed by first-time feature filmmaker Lisa D'Apolito.

This will be the sixth year in a row that Tribeca opens with a documentary. The festival has previously begun with profiles of music producer Clive Davis, the Met Gala, Saturday Night Live, the rapper Nas and the indie band the National.

Radner, who died of cancer at age 42 in 1989, was renowned for her SNL characters, such as broadcaster Roseanne Roseannadanna. Love, Gilda was made with the support of Radner's estate, along with audiotapes, home movies and diary entries left by Radner.

The Tribeca Film Festival runs April 18-29.