Meet the Programmer: Megan Leonard

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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 48th year from April 14 to 24, 2022. Full program info siff.net/festival.

What are your 10 favorite films ever?
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
A League of Their Own
Edward Scissorhands
Y Tu Mamá También
The Handmaiden
Strange Days
Wayne’s World
Some Like It Hot
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
Altered States

What is one of your favorite festival moments?
After the GSN Awards in 2016 I was tasked with walking Viggo Mortensen to his introduction at the Uptown and he asked if I thought the audience would enjoy a round of 1969 trivia questions before the screening of A Walk on the Moon. He had a prize bag with items he had collected in Seattle including a Pike’s Place Market apple, a Seahawks hat and his signed Golden Space Needle Award ticket. Obviously I said yes.

What is your guilty pleasure film?
Moulin Rouge. Or any rom-com - the tropier the better. TBH I'm not that guilty about it.

What's one thing we should know about you that is NOT film related?
I’m ready to sing karaoke at any time.

What do you consider your hometown?
Born and raised in Olympia, WA - Pacific Northwesterner through and through!