Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin And Billy Crudup to Star in The Convincer



Minneapolis, MN (February 1, 2010) – Werc Werk Works, the independent production and finance company helmed by CEO Elizabeth Redleaf and President Christine Walker, announced today that Academy Award Nominee Greg Kinnear, Academy Award Winner Alan Arkin and Billy Crudup are set to star in “The Convincer,” a Midwestern crime drama written by Jill Sprecher and Karen Sprecher and to be directed by Jill Sprecher.  Producers are Mary Frances Budig, Christine Walker and Elizabeth Redleaf for Werc Werk Works.

“The Convincer” follows a desperate insurance salesman in the Midwest whose scheme to get a hold of a rare violin leads to unforeseen consequences. The production begins a scheduled 30-day shoot in locations around the Twin Cities, MN on February 8.

Greg Kinnear received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for his supporting role in “As Good As It Gets.” Kinnear’s other credits include “Flash of Genius,” “Ghost Town,” “Baby Mama,” “Stuck on You,” “Auto Focus” and “Nurse Betty.”

Alan Arkin won the Academy Award for “Little Miss Sunshine” and was nominated for “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” and “The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming.” Arkin’s other credits include “Catch-22,” “Glengarry Glenn Ross,” “Get Smart” and “Sunshine Cleaning.”

Billy Crudup received a SAG Award nomination for “Almost Famous” and won the National Board of Review Award for “The Hi-Lo Country.” His other credits include “Jesus’ Son,” “Charlotte Gray,” “Big Fish,” and the upcoming “Eat, Pray, Love.” Crudup also won the Tony Award for “The Coast of Utopia” and was nominated for both “The Pillowman” and “The Elephant Man.”

Jill Sprecher’s previous titles include “Clockwatchers” and “Thirteen Conversations About One Thing,” which were both co-written by Karen Sprecher.

Werc Werk Works’ Christine Walker and Elizabeth Redleaf also produced “HOWL,” by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman and starring James Franco, which has been selected as Official First Night of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival as well as Official Selection of the Berlin International Film Festival 2010.  The Minnesota-based company’s first feature, Todd Solondz’s “Life During Wartime,” was launched to critical acclaim in Telluride, Venice and Toronto. Additional upcoming titles include Bela Tarr’s “The Turin Horse.”

About Werc Werk Works
Werc Werk Works is an independent film production and finance company founded by Elizabeth Redleaf and Independent Spirit Award nominated producer Christine Kunewa Walker (“American Splendor” “Factotum”) and is dedicated to the production and financing of high caliber, story-driven films with wide appeal.  The company strives to be a consistent supplier of commercial projects for both the studios and strong independent distributors worldwide.