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Jill Sprecher

Jill Sprecher
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Nationality USA

Jill Sprecher is an American film director, producer and writer.

Biography

A graduate from University of Wisconsin–Madison with a degree in philosophy and literature, Sprecher relocated to New York to study film.

In addition to being a director, she has worked as a coordinator, production manager and line producer on both studio and independent features, often to pay the bills for her own film efforts. She studied film directing with Robert Wise and, prior to making her directorial debut with Clockwatchers (1997), she studied improvisational technique in Manhattan. For five years she served as a judge for CableACE Awards. Clockwatchers debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to screen at over a dozen international festivals. It won a Best Film prize at the Torino International Festival of Young Cinema of 1997.

Next up was Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, (executive produced by Michael Stipe) a film that received more attention and critical acclaim, but reportedly put Jill $150,000 into personal debt to finance it. Poor timing (the film was picked up 3 days before the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York City), among other factors, led to the film mostly flying under the radar in the mainstream world.

She often works with her sister Karen Sprecher, who writes, they are sometimes referred to as "the Coen sisters" a reference to fellow midwesterners Joel and Ethan Coen. Her brother is Jeff Sprecher, the founder, Chairman and CEO of IntercontinentalExchange, Inc.

On the long gap between films:



"We finished the script for 13 Conversations in eight weeks--it was finished before Clockwatchers actually came out. What happened was I had to do a lot of traveling with Clockwatchers to festivals and we actually won a prize at the Turin Festival. Thankfully, it was a cash prize, about $18,000, and we took that money and worked on 13 Conversations. But right after Clockwatchers we actually went back to doing temp work and trying to raise funding to make our next movie, and suddenly it's three-and-a-half years later. We took odd jobs, used credit cards--we kept thinking that big break was just right around the corner. I think we would've walked away from it altogether, but periodically something encouraging would happen to keep us going.

Usually with

Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin
(2 films)
Bob Balaban
Bob Balaban
(2 films)
Alex Wurman
Alex Wurman
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Jill Sprecher (3 films)

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Director

Thin Ice
Thin Ice (2011)
, 1h54
Directed by Jill Sprecher
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Crime
Actors Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin, Billy Crudup, Lea Thompson, Bob Balaban, David Harbour
Rating62% 3.1000753.1000753.1000753.1000753.100075
Wisconsin insurance salesman Mickey Prohaska is in desperate financial straits. His wife JoAnn has thrown him out of the house, and he is willing to do or say practically anything to sell anybody a policy. Mickey accompanies another insurance agent he has just met, Bob Egan, to the farm of an elderly man named Gorvy Hauer. The house is a mess and Gorvy is absent-minded, perhaps a tad senile. He does not have much money and, the little he has, he seems to keep in a jar. Mickey tries to sell the old man some insurance anyway.
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, 1h44
Directed by Jill Sprecher
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Matthew McConaughey, Alan Arkin, John Turturro, Clea DuVall, Amy Irving, Rob McElhenney
Rating69% 3.4987053.4987053.4987053.4987053.498705
The film is divided into 13 vignettes, each prefaced by an aphorism. Set in New York City, the story revolves around ambitious district attorney Troy, who is stricken with guilt following a hit and run accident in which he injures Beatrice, an idealistic cleaning woman who, forced to reassess her life during her recuperation, finds herself thinking more like her cynical co-worker Dorrie. Midlevel insurance claims manager Gene, unable to cope with his son's downward spiral into drug addiction, is rankled by an unrelentingly cheerful staff member and suffers pangs of regret after firing him without just cause. College physics professor Walker, trying to cope with a midlife crisis, becomes romantically involved with a colleague, an infidelity his wife Patricia is forced to face when his wallet, stolen in a mugging, is mailed to their home and she discovers incriminating evidence inside it.
Clockwatchers, 1h36
Directed by Jill Sprecher
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Toni Collette, Parker Posey, Lisa Kudrow, Alanna Ubach, Stanley DeSantis, Jamie Kennedy
Rating64% 3.2484353.2484353.2484353.2484353.248435
Iris (Collette) is a subservient young professional who doesn't want to rock the boat at the office where she temps. Margaret (Posey) is the polar opposite, and serves as a catalyst to help Iris become more assertive. Paula (Kudrow) eagerly awaits post-work happy hours and the chance to form relationships with the company's executives. Jane (Ubach) is engaged to marry a jerk who is already cheating on her. Margaret hopes to become a permanent employee as an assistant to Mr. Lasky (Bob Balaban) but her dreams are thwarted when he suddenly dies.

Scriptwriter

Thin Ice
Thin Ice (2011)
, 1h54
Directed by Jill Sprecher
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Crime
Actors Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin, Billy Crudup, Lea Thompson, Bob Balaban, David Harbour
Roles Writer
Rating62% 3.1000753.1000753.1000753.1000753.100075
Wisconsin insurance salesman Mickey Prohaska is in desperate financial straits. His wife JoAnn has thrown him out of the house, and he is willing to do or say practically anything to sell anybody a policy. Mickey accompanies another insurance agent he has just met, Bob Egan, to the farm of an elderly man named Gorvy Hauer. The house is a mess and Gorvy is absent-minded, perhaps a tad senile. He does not have much money and, the little he has, he seems to keep in a jar. Mickey tries to sell the old man some insurance anyway.
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, 1h44
Directed by Jill Sprecher
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Matthew McConaughey, Alan Arkin, John Turturro, Clea DuVall, Amy Irving, Rob McElhenney
Roles Writer
Rating69% 3.4987053.4987053.4987053.4987053.498705
The film is divided into 13 vignettes, each prefaced by an aphorism. Set in New York City, the story revolves around ambitious district attorney Troy, who is stricken with guilt following a hit and run accident in which he injures Beatrice, an idealistic cleaning woman who, forced to reassess her life during her recuperation, finds herself thinking more like her cynical co-worker Dorrie. Midlevel insurance claims manager Gene, unable to cope with his son's downward spiral into drug addiction, is rankled by an unrelentingly cheerful staff member and suffers pangs of regret after firing him without just cause. College physics professor Walker, trying to cope with a midlife crisis, becomes romantically involved with a colleague, an infidelity his wife Patricia is forced to face when his wallet, stolen in a mugging, is mailed to their home and she discovers incriminating evidence inside it.
Clockwatchers, 1h36
Directed by Jill Sprecher
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Toni Collette, Parker Posey, Lisa Kudrow, Alanna Ubach, Stanley DeSantis, Jamie Kennedy
Roles Writer
Rating64% 3.2484353.2484353.2484353.2484353.248435
Iris (Collette) is a subservient young professional who doesn't want to rock the boat at the office where she temps. Margaret (Posey) is the polar opposite, and serves as a catalyst to help Iris become more assertive. Paula (Kudrow) eagerly awaits post-work happy hours and the chance to form relationships with the company's executives. Jane (Ubach) is engaged to marry a jerk who is already cheating on her. Margaret hopes to become a permanent employee as an assistant to Mr. Lasky (Bob Balaban) but her dreams are thwarted when he suddenly dies.