Meet Our Team: Alonso Melgar

Get to know Alonso Melgar, our outstanding new Volunteer Coordinator! On top of working as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Calgary International Film Festival, Alonso is the co-founder of a beloved event series, The Fifth Reel. Alonso brings a wide range of talents and positive energy to the Volunteer Team.  

Mar 1, 2019 | BY: Alonso Melgar

Where are you from?
Calgary, Alberta

What do you do at Luminato?
Volunteer Coordinator.

What recent show or exhibition have you seen?
 Don’t know if films count but I just saw If Beale Street Could Talk and it was absolutely beautiful.

What three items would you take to a desert island?
Sunglasses, sandals, surfboard.

Why do you love volunteers/volunteering?
You meet so many tremendous people through volunteering; I’ve formed some long-lasting friendships with people I’ve met either through volunteering or even just as a coordinator in other organizations. Volunteering your time and hard work brings out the best in people and it’s great to be around that.

Who is your favourite sports team?
I get a lot of strange looks but I’m a die-hard Nashville Predators fan. 2017 Cup Final was a heartbreaker and no, I’m still not over it.

If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
There’s a Salvadorean dish called Pupusas which are basically tortillas stuffed with cheese, meat, and/or beans. Growing up in a Salvadorean household, and actually having lived in El Salvador for a time, I’ve had my fair share and would gladly eat nothing but them for the rest of my life.

What is your best Luminato memory? 
I’m a fan of Ólafur Arnalds’ music and would have loved to have seen him perform at last year’s festival.

What is your favourite place in all of Toronto?
Revue Cinema in Roncesvalles is such a gem. I’m a sucker for old traditional cinemas and Revue might be my favourite cinema in all of Canada.
What book did you read last?
AM: No Ashes in The Fire by Darnell Moore.

What are you looking forward to most at this year’s festival?
Meeting all the awesome volunteers of course! The Full Light of Day also sounds riveting.

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