Q&A with Asif Kapadia, Director of Senna

Several GGLC members attended the special SFF1 pre-release screening of the Senna documentary with director Asif Kapadia last night. We have been hearing rave reviews of the movie for several months now and have to say that the movie meets and actually exceeds the hype. The film makers have done a masterful job keeping the flow of a movie and building suspense even though we all know how the story ends.

After the movie Asif was kind enough to stay back and answer questions about the movie and the following video shows the session in its entirety. Some highlights include the process of shooting a movie with only archival footage, getting access to Bernies archive, showing the movie to the Senna family, extended footage in the DVD/Blu-Ray, writing the music before making the movie, etc…

A huge thanks to Asif for spending his valuable time with us and giving us this insight into the genius of Senna. He will also be appearing in person on 8/19 at the 7:30pm and 10:00pm shows at the Landmark Embarcadero theater, and on 8/20 at the San Rafael Film Center. We highly recommend that you attend those showings for a chance to discuss the movie in person. For more info on the Senna movie please visit: http://sennamovie.com/

LOG 31 updates

Martin Donnelly as Guest Speaker
Former Lotus F1 driver Martin Donnelly will be joining LOG 31 as the guest speaker for the Saturday Banquet. Martin, is an Ambassador for Lotus Cars alongside Jean Alesi and Nigel Mansell. He is also Chief Instructor at the Lotus Driving Academy. After competing in Formula 3 and Formula 3000 he won 3 races and was a championship contender. During 1988, as well as fulfilling his racing commitments, Donnelly was the test driver for Lotus Formula One team. But it was during 1989 that Donnelly got his first race start when he substituted for Arrows driver Derek Warwick at the 1989 French Grand Prix. In 1990 he continued in F1 with Lotus as a race driver alongside new team mate Derek Warwick. Donnelly has since managed a Formula Vauxhall team. On July 2, 2011 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Donnelly drove a Lotus 102 similar to that which nearly took his life. The Lamborghini-powered car was the same specification as the car he drove in 1990, the original car having been completely destroyed in the crash. Having worked as sporting director and driver development manager at Comtec Racing, Donnelly has recently formed the Donnelly track academy specialising in Lotus trackday events and racing services in Norfolk.

Private Viewing of the Senna documentary

Special LOG Package to the Indycar Season finale on Sunday
LOG 31 and Lotus Ltd have created a special package for the folks interested in attending the Indycar season finale on Sunday. The package includes Designated Infield Parking, Paddock & Neon Garage Passes and Reserved Terrace Seating. All for a Reduced Rate of $134 per Car + Driver (Your Passengers Pay Only $84 Each)

You must purchase your tickets by calling:
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800-644-4444 x.7098

When calling, provide your full name and Lotus, Ltd. as your group affiliation. Only 100 tickets are available. All orders must be placed by October 1st to allow for processing. Tickets will be available for pickup in the LOG registration room at the Red Rock. Tickets will NOT be available for purchase during registration!

Room reservation deadline
In order to receive the LOG 31 discounted room rate at the Red Rock Hotel and Casino, you must reserve your room by September 14th. Book Online or Call 702.797.7777 using promo code “LOTUSLTDLOG”

Current List of LOG 31 Events

Evening Reception by Lotus Cars USA
Indoor Karting Championship
Round Table Discussions

Concours & Car Show
Scenic Drives
4 Tech Sessions
Saturday Night Banquet
(With Guest Speaker Martin Donnelly)
BRM Watch Auction
Senna Movie Private Viewing

High Performance Driver Education at Spring Mountain
IZOD Indycar Race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Scenic Drives
Sunday Buffet
(Guest Speaker Todd McCandless of Formula1blog.com)
KV Racing Technology Guest Appearance

Click here to visit the official LOG 31 website.

Senna pre-release screening with director Asif Kapadia

By special arrangement with F1 in America and The San Francisco Formula 1 Group, ‘SENNA’ will be shown Thursday, August 18th, ahead of general release in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Director Asif Kapadia has graciously arranged to make time to attend this special San Francisco screening to discuss the film for a truly one-of-a-kind evening with you – all interested in the film and it’s legendary subject are welcome to attend.

Over 15,000 hours of archive footage were considered by Kapadia for a work of film that critics, F1 fans, non-race fans and especially the Senna family love. The film has been moving moviegoers around the world since it opened last October, and hit the ground running in the United States earlier this year taking the 2011 World Cinema Documentary Audience Award at Sundance.

This event is happening with the support of friends and the greater car club/racing community, and members of the Brazilian community are particularly encouraged to attend. This showing will not be advertised, so please spread the word around your favorite forums and boards about this special night. Movie posters will be available at the screening, while supplies last.

We cannot thank everyone’s support enough for making this very special evening possible for all fans of racing and the film’s hero, Ayrton Senna.

Asif Kapadia, Director:
BAFTA award-winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia is known for his visually striking films. He has an interest in exploring the lives of ‘outsiders’: characters living in timeless, extreme and unforgiving circumstances or landscapes. His films have been awarded and distributed internationally and show how versatile and expressive British cinema can be. Visit http://sennamovie.com/ for a complete bio.

Click here for tickets to this special San Francisco only advance screening with Director, Asif Kapadia.

SENNA opens in Berkeley and San Francisco August 19th, and Palo Alto on August 26th. Visit http://bit.ly/sfsenna for upcoming SF screenings, and http://on.fb.me/p88l4j for more on Palo Alto screening events.

Official Senna movie website (reviews, theaters, trailer)