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‘SENNA’ US DVD and Blu Ray Released, in Pictures

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‘Senna’ has been circulating around American theaters and streaming on demand since it’s opening last August, and moviegoers have followed the film’s rise in popularity and universal appeal with hundreds of glowing reviews from around the world.  Since it’s award-winning premiere at Sundance, F1 fans and non-F1 fans alike have taken to the film’s narrative approach and dramatic documentary footage.  To see ‘Senna’ is to watch one of racing’s brightest stars rise with humility and determination in the competitive world of F1 while learning what kind of hero Ayrton Senna became to his beloved people of Brazil.

Putting this two-time BAFTA winning documentary together was director Asif Kapadia, a native of Great Britain, who on a trip to California visited our local F1 community in San Francisco to attend the film’s opening at a packed theater.  We spoke over dinner before he took questions from a riveted audience later that evening and he mentioned several times in our conversation the idea that this film had what he called ‘Senna moments’ – times throughout the project where things just came together through the kindness or unexpected help of others.

I felt our meeting last August was one such moment, having contacted Asif through Facebook and later via email to encourage him to visit San Francisco.  I held out hope that he might make it to meet the hundreds of F1 fans I watch racing with each Sunday, and he did, staying until well after 1am on a Thursday night to meet with our group.  Asif went on to appear at five more screenings in the Bay Area, all full, at each one staying afterwards to sign posters, answer questions, and talk about the film.  Thank you, Asif, for taking the time away from your family and friends to make watching your film so memorable.

If you’ve haven’t seen the film, or even if you have, I strongly encourage you to support a fine film and film maker, one whose interest in story and subject guides you through the world of international racing and humanity at its extremes.  Many in our audience felt that with so much going on in the movie, ‘Senna’ truly stands up to a second viewing.  The film’s US release on Blu Ray is July 10, and to capture a few highlights from Senna’s life and career, I’ve asked Paul-Henri Cahier for permission to share his art around one of his favorite subjects.  Clickable images will open up each year’s worth of Senna in Formula 1, please enjoy:


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The Canadian GP 2011: Three for the Road


Button & Vettel, Canada 2010

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First off – a safe journey to all travelling up to the races this weekend in Montreal, it looks like it will be another year of fantastic racing.  Several friends and members of our local F1 group are heading up and so I’ve put together a few things about events around this race . . .

Tomorrow (Thursday) will be the first of three Formula One Teams Association fan forums, where fans will have the opportunity to engage with the sport most directly.  The event has been filled up, but questions can be emailed to info@teamsassociation.org for review.  Only registered fans will be allowed to attend, but all should send their $.02 for this event.

Friday night in Montreal will experience a boost with social media getting a real trial at this year’s GP.  With so many North Americans on Twitter and Facebook, the hashtags will be flying from hotspot to afterhours.  Not one to get left behind, Red Bull has launched a new app – Invasion – which will catapult the latest goings on through the iPhone from track side to bar side.  Redbull’s integration with event, city, and team will be interesting to watch and measure the impact they and the medium have with F1 audience and businesses.  Circuit of the Americas and the city of Austin will do well to watch and learn from this exercise as the race there will draw the next big North American audience in 2012.

Finally, this Saturday and Sunday a 30 year history of Hugo Boss and McLaren together in photographs will be on display from friend and photographer Paul-Henri Cahier, and event details are here on our Facebook page.  If you haven’t had a look through the history of the Cahier Archive, it’s well worth viewing.

Best to everyone up in Montreal – and look forward to meeting everyone in Austin in 2012!

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Senna documentary will help bring F1 to Americans


Senna, Suzuka 1990

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A new documentary on the life and character of Ayrton Senna, who would have turned 50 this year,  has been filmed with the blessings of FOM and his family, and given an enthusiastic thumbs up after a preview by F1 insiders Martin Brundle and James Allen.

A release date has not been set in the United States, but new film and perspective on the life and times of the man and his legacy will no doubt generate some buzz and awareness of the sport in America.  During his lifetime, Senna raced in both the Detroit and Phoenix GP in front of grandstands filled with fellow countrymen and women, and traditionally, Brazilian drivers have brought many of their fans to the races in the US  to watch them compete.

I’ve witnessed the passion of the Brazilian racing audience firsthand, and having organized nearly 100 F1 viewing parties in the San Francisco Bay Area I can say a fair number of our regulars who join us have family from Brazil and are passionate about the national hero known to be on par with Pele.

As news of the new film breaks, watch for more on his life from the people who knew him personally and professionally as both a fierce competitor and humanitarian.

My friend Paul-Henri Cahier has today just released unpublished photographs of Senna from The Cahier Archive – enjoy and watch for more on the new documentary due out soon.

Ayrton Senna Film Page on Facebook

Director Asif Kapadia @asifkapadia on Twitter

Producer Manish Pandey @mpandey69 on Twitter

Untitled Senna Documentary on IMdB

The Cahier Archive on Facebook

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