Meet the Programmer: Ruth Hayler

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Meet our talented team of programmers – the people who work and watch movies all year long to curate the best films possible for the Seattle International Film Festival, celebrating its 47th year from April 8 to 18, 2021. Full program info

What are your 10 favorite films ever?
Seven Samurai
Children of Paradise
Sherlock, Jr.
It's a Wonderful Life
The Big Sleep
Singin' in the Rain
Some Like It Hot
North By Northwest
Lawrence of Arabia 
2001: A Space Odyssey

What is one of your favorite festival moments?
A wildly enthusiastic sold-out show of The Full Monty at the Egyptian; the crowd laughed so hard I thought the roof would blow off.

What is your guilty pleasure film?
The Parent Trap (d. David Swift): Hayley Mills x 2

What's one thing we should know about you that is NOT film related?
I lived as a student in London for three years in the early 1970s (and had a great time).

What do you consider your hometown?
Seattle (although I was born in San Diego)