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Birth Place: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA Profession: writer, director, production coordinator, production assistant, production manager, producer, line producer, office temp

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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.

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.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Thin Ice (2011)
3.
  Clockwatchers (1997) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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1966:
Moved with family from Indianaoplis to Madison, WI (date approximate)
1981:
Moved to New York city the day after graduation (date approximate)
1982:
Landed first job as a production assistant in sci-fi film "Liquid Sky"
:
Worked as an office temp and took night classes at NYU in cinema studies
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
1988:
Worked as a production assistant and then a production coordinator on several independent movies
1992:
Sister Karen moved to New York and they began writing "Clockwatchers" (date approximate)
1997:
Workplace comedy "Clockwatchers," starring Parker Posey, Lisa Kudrow and Toni Collette, premiered at Sundance Film Festival
2001:
Sisters co-wrote second picture "Thirteen Conversations About One Thing"; Sprecher also directed
2006:
Produced episodes of family drama series "Big Love" (HBO); co-wrote with sister the 2006 episode titled "A Barbecue for Betty"
2011:
Directed first feature in a decade, the crime drama "Thin Ice"; also co-wrote with sister
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Education

University of Wisconsin: Madison , Wisconsin -
University of Wisconsin: Madison , Wisconsin -
New York University: New York , New York -

Notes

Sprecher cites the book "The Conquest of Happiness" by Bertrand Russel and the film "The Killing" directed by Stanley Kubrick as having had a stong influence on her work.

"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

"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

The script for "13 Conversations About One Thing" was written in eight weeks.

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mother:
Phyllis Sprecher. Medical technologist (retired).
father:
Pete Sprecher. Insurance broker.
sister:
Karen Sprecher. Writer/producer; co-wrote "Clockwatchers" and "13 Conversations About One Thing". Younger.
brother:
Jeff Sprecher. Founder of Intercontinental Exchange, an electronic energy/metals exchange. Older.
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