Jill Sprecher

Writer, Director, Producer
A soft-spoken and modest filmmaker, Jill Sprecher has made a name for herself as a prominant independent director and writer. Along with her sister Karen, Jill wrote her debut film "Clockwatchers" (1997), while working ... Read more »
Born: in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Filmography

Production Management (7)

Breaking Up 1997 (Movie)

(New York crew) (Production Coordinator)

The Last Good Time 1995 (Movie)

(Production Coordinator)

Angie 1994 (Movie)

(New York) (Assistant Production Coordinator)

Where the Heart Is 1990 (Movie)

(New York) (Production Coordinator)

Enemies, A Love Story 1989 (Movie)

(New York) (Production Coordinator)

Enemies, A Love Story 1989 (Movie)

(New York) (Production Coordinator)

Broken Vows (TV Show)

Production Coordinator
Writer (3)

Thin Ice 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Thirteen Conversations About One Thing 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Clockwatchers 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (3)

Thin Ice 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Thirteen Conversations About One Thing 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Clockwatchers 1998 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

Big Love 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Producer

Biography

A soft-spoken and modest filmmaker, Jill Sprecher has made a name for herself as a prominant independent director and writer. Along with her sister Karen, Jill wrote her debut film "Clockwatchers" (1997), while working as a production coordinator on independent films in New York.

Relationships

Karen Sprecher Producer

Sister
Co-wrote "Clockwatchers" (1997) and "Thirteen Conversations About One Thing" (2001)

Pete Sprecher

Father

Phyllis Sprecher

Mother

Jeff Sprecher

Brother

EDUCATION

University of Wisconsin

Madison , Wisconsin
graduated 1981 (date approximate)

New York University

New York , New York
worked on degree at night while office temping in the day, attended 1982-1985 (dates approximate); studied under director Robert Wise

University of Wisconsin

Madison , Wisconsin
graduated 1981 (date approximate)

Milestones

2011

Directed first feature in a decade, the crime drama "Thin Ice"; also co-wrote with sister

2006

Produced episodes of family drama series "Big Love" (HBO); co-wrote with sister the 2006 episode titled "A Barbecue for Betty"

2001

Sisters co-wrote second picture "Thirteen Conversations About One Thing"; Sprecher also directed

1997

Workplace comedy "Clockwatchers," starring Parker Posey, Lisa Kudrow and Toni Collette, premiered at Sundance Film Festival

1992

Sister Karen moved to New York and they began writing "Clockwatchers" (date approximate)

1988

Worked as a production assistant and then a production coordinator on several independent movies

1985

Mugged by a stranger near the Port Authority Bus Terminal and hit on the head with a bottle; underwent brain surgery to remove a blood clot and spent almost a year in recovery

1982

Landed first job as a production assistant in sci-fi film "Liquid Sky"

1981

Moved to New York city the day after graduation (date approximate)

1966

Moved with family from Indianaoplis to Madison, WI (date approximate)

Worked as an office temp and took night classes at NYU in cinema studies

Bonus Trivia

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Sprecher cited the book "The Conquest of Happiness" by Bertrand Russel and the Stanley Kubrick film "The Killing" (1956) as strong influences on her work.

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"I actually think it was film that inspired me to move to Manhattan, I loved to see Woody Allen movies, and I loved the image of Manhattan that I saw in film. The day I graduated, I got on a plane and moved there and didn't know what I wanted to do but just knew where I wanted to live. But of course the Manhattan I lived in didn't resemble that at all. It didn't have a Gershwin score!" – Sprecher on her move to New York City

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"I think that direction is an extension of writing. I hope this doesn't sound too naive, but I think that the director's real job is to find the very best people to do their jobs. In both cases ['Clockwatchers'" and 'Thirteen Conversations About One Thing'] I surrounded myself with people far more experienced than I was. It's important for me, also, to create a comfortable and safe environment so that these people – the talent, the behind the camera folks – have the best environment in which to do their jobs." – Sprecher on her directing technique

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The script for "Thirteen Conversations About One Thing" (2001) was written in eight weeks.

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