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Taylor Anderson documentary draws thousands to Center Stage

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Thousands of people turned out to Richmond's Center Stage theater Friday, to see the documentary of Taylor Anderson - a young teacher from Chesterfield who worked and died in the earthquake and tsunami in Japan last spring.

It's the story of the 24-year-old who is believed to be the first American victim of the disaster.

The tsunami that followed the 8.9 magnitude quake rocked Japan's eastern coast, killing hundreds.

Taylor was last seen after the earthquake riding her bike toward her apartment after ensuring that students at her school had been picked up by their parents.

More than a year later - Taylor's story is shared through the documentary Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story.

Film maker Regge Life interviewed dozens even traveled to Japan to find her story.

"It wasn't until I made the trip to Ishinomaki, and I can talk to her friends face to face, that I knew there was something there," said Life.

At the screening, Andy Anderson was happy to see so many people take interest in his daughter's story.

"Regge's really good at being able to take all the people who are telling Taylor's story and weaving us all together," said Anderson.

"You see Taylor from her beginnings as a small child and her interests in Japan that just kept growing through her own nurturing," said Life.

There may be more showings, but right now the documentary is not in theaters. It is being sold for educational purposes.

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