Meet the Programmer: Colleen O'Holleran

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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 49th year from May 11 to 21, 2023. Full program info

What are your 10 favorite films ever?
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Strangers on a Train (1951)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Throne of Blood (1957)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
The Shining (1980)
Videodrome (1983)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Alice (Svankmajer - 1988)

What is one of your favorite festival moments?
My favorite festival experience was attending the screening of Bobcat Goldthwait’s Willow Creek at SIFF in 2014 and the Q&A with him afterward. It’s THE quintessential Bigfoot movie (after the Patterson–Gimlin film).

What is your guilty pleasure film?
Agatha Christie movie adaptations are my guilty pleasure films, and The Mirror Crack’d starring Angela Lansbury as Miss Marple is my favorite.

What's one thing we should know about you that is NOT film related?
I have a 125-pound Bernese Mountain Dog named Bronson. His name IS film-related, but to answer the question I’ll focus on his non-film-related qualities such as being really goofy and sweet and playful and fun.

What do you consider your hometown?
North Platte, Nebraska