Tuesday, February 1, 2011
The daughter of a former Kansas University chancellor recently shared the stage with Greg Kinnear, Lea Thompson, Billy Crudup and Alan Arkin.
That’s what happens when they’re in your movie, “The Convincer,” which premiered Jan. 25 at the Sundance Film Festival.
Mary Frances Budig, daughter of former Chancellor Gene Budig and his wife, Gretchen, is one of three producers on the film that opened Jan. 25 at Eccles Theatre in Park City, Utah. Other scheduled festival showings included Jan. 26 in Park City; Thursday in Sundance, Utah; and Friday in Salt Lake City.
Budig currently lives in Chicago where she manages productions under her own company, Spare Room Productions. Previously she has produced the Campbell Scott independent film "Final," which Scott directed and "Hamlet," which Scott directed and starred in on The Hallmark Channel.
The film follows a desperate insurance salesman who tries to con an elderly customer out of a valuable violin.
Previously, Kinnear received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for his acting in a supporting role in “As Good As It Gets,” and appeared in “Little Miss Sunshine.” Thompson appeared in the “Back to the Future” movies. Crudup appeared in “Almost Famous,” and Arkin won an Academy Award for his acting in a supporting role in “Little Miss Sunshine.”
— Schools reporter Mark Fagan can be reached at 832-7188.