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 48th year from April 14 to 24, 2022. 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)