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So How'd It Go? We Check in With the Local Woman Who Bought 100 Tickets for Strangers to See the Movie 'Senna'

A handful of tickets (Photo by Emily Calderone/used with permission)
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Remember on Friday we told you about Laurel Miller, the woman who was so moved by the documentary Senna she decided to spend $1250 of her own money to buy tickets for 100 strangers? We heard from Miller today, who told us that she had a really great turnout, and the film was well-received.

Miller, who had a fistful of tickets in the lobby of the Landmark Theatre on Pico Sunday afternoon to give out, says that about 70 people showed up to claim their free tickets. Some folks who RSVPd, though, didn't make it out, which meant a few people had to get turned down unnecessarily (hey, guys, that wasn't very nice of you!).

What will she do with the leftovers? "I plan to hand out the rest of the tickets to some friends and I am looking to donate about 25 to either a class or an organization that might not otherwise see the film," she explains, noting that she was able to get vouchers from the theatre.

"Senna," is about the short but accomplished life of Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34. It's sort of a "little film that could," its director, Asif Kapadia, has attested, with those who worked on the film worried for so long it could not find an American audience.

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A recipient of some tickets gives Miller a hug (Photo by Emily Calderone/used with permission)
After this weekend, it seems "Senna," has about 70 new fans. "As I suspected," remarked Miller via e-mail, "everyone who came out after the show, told me they loved it."