Meet the Programmer: Beth Barrett

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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 siff.net/festival.

What are your 10 favorite films ever?
Moonlight
Dune
Phoenix
West Side Story
Nomadland
Ran
My Neighbor Totoro
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Infernal Affairs
The Act of Killing

What is one of your favorite festival moments?
When Peter Greenaway was here with Goltzius & the Pelican Company, I got to tell him on stage that his films changed my life. I almost fainted.

What is your guilty pleasure film?
No time spent watching films is really *guilty* ... do I feel like i should try something new as I watch The Empire Strikes Back for the hundredth time, sometimes....

What's one thing we should know about you that is NOT film related?
I own .0000002% of the Green Bay Packers.

What do you consider your hometown?
Iowa City, IA