Betty Anne Waters was the working title for a movie filmed in the Ann Arbor area and released under the name Conviction.


This year started with big local buzz about a Hilary Swank vehicle titled “Betty Anne Waters,” based on a true story about a working single mother in Massachusetts whose brother was sentenced to death. Convinced of his innocence, Waters put herself through college and law school in order to work on an appeal for his release, and thanks to DNA evidence, she did just that. Minnie Driver, Sam Rockwell and Peter Gallagher co-starred with two-time Oscar winner Swank.

Around noon there was no sign of movie stars, but boy did it smell good! Todd Hill, who works with Hanna Brothers, which specializes in motion picture set catering, had ribeyes sizzling on his grill set up on the sidewalk outside the University of Michigan Museum of Art on State Street. Denis Giffen of Royal Oak, who drives for Teamsters local 337, remarked that, “Downwind, it’s even worse!” And by “worse,” he allowed, he meant “better.” Hill said that the ribeyes were the red meat part of the day’s menu for the cast and crew, which every day includes red meat, fish, poultry, and vegetarian options.

Equipment is moved onto the set of the movie "Betty Anne Waters" in Angell Hall on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor on Monday morning. The movie, which is being filmed in the Ann Arbor area, stars Hilary Swank and Minnie Driver.

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