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Filming to start in Hopkins, Minnesota on Kinnear film “The Convincer”

February 03, 2010



MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Filming is set to start next Monday on the next major made-in-Minnesota movie in Hopkins, Minnesota.

“The Convincer” is scheduled for a 30-day shoot, mainly in Hopkins.

Alan Arkin and Greg Kinnear star in the movie about a desperate Midwestern salesman who schemes to acquire a rare violin.

Filmmaking sisters Jill Sprecher and Karen Sprecher, who are Wisconsin natives, wrote the script, which Jill Sprecher will direct.

Executive Director Lucinda Winter of the Minnesota Film and TV Board says the movie is budgeted between $4 million and $5 million and will have a crew of about 100. She says more than 300 extras are needed.

Minneapolis-based Werc Werk Works, an independent film and finance company, is producing the film.

“The Convincer” – Extras
Walden Entertainment is doing the Extras Casting for the feature film “The Convincer” which starts shooting in the Twin Cities early February. To receive updates on the film’s Extras Casting needs and the proper submission procedure, please sign up for the Walden EXTRAS list at (click on the “Walden Email lists” link).

All open Extras opportunities for “The Convincer” will be sent out via the EXTRAS list. We will be needing over 300 extras of all sizes and types from ages 8-80. No experience necessary. All extras must be non-union and there is a modest daily stipend paid. Information on the exact submission procedure will be regularly sent to the Walden Extras List as well as updates and last minute casting needs.

Absolutely no phone calls or paper headshot submissions.

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  • melaniellewellyn

    I love 1 block off main street, downtown Hopkins, MN. It will be interesting to see my city in this movie….
    It would also be very exciting to be in the movie. I subscribed to be an extra, but have not heard back from “The Convincer” – Extras casting.

  • constancejohnson

    Would like to be considered to be an extra in the movie being filmed in Hopkins Mn 55343
    I live only one block off main street

  • Jenn

    I'm an extra! I'll be in 2 scenes in the next few weeks.

  • HKB

    I have two friends who were already extras in a coffee house scene….very cool. I signed up as well!

  • HKB

    I have two friends who were already extras in a coffee house scene….very cool. I signed up as well!