Meet the Programmer: Kathleen McInnis

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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?
(in no particular order and always at risk of changing)
Blade Runner
To Kill a Mockingbird
12 Angry Men
The Pigeon Egg Strategy
Retablo
Fatal Attraction
Mad Max
Millers Crossing
Unforgiven
Jaws

What is one of your favorite festival moments?
Programming and hosting Emilio Estevez at his World Premiere Q&A for The War At Home when he got lost in the catacombs of the Egyptian and couldn't find his way out as I kept introducing him from the stage. I and the entire audience could hear his running footsteps getting caught at one dead end to the other, until he finally burst through the doors and raced to the stage in triumph—the crowd went wild!

What is your guilty pleasure film?
Tremors tied with Twister.

What's one thing we should know about you that is NOT film related?
I once owned a cheese shop called Brie & Bordeaux.

What do you consider your hometown?
Seattle