Share

Watch It

On DVD: Now | On Blu-ray: TBD

Frownland Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Erstwhile New York City arthouse projectionist Ronald Bronstein makes his feature debut as a writer-director with Frownland. Dore Mann stars in the film as Keith, who clearly suffers from some type of serious social disorder. Keith has a great deal of trouble communicating. He stammers, he hems and haws, and eventually the words spew out of him in such an urgent torrent that he can't make himself understood. Keith shares a Brooklyn apartment with struggling musician Charles (Paul Grimstad, who composed the score for the film), and they have an antagonistic relationship. Keith pesters Charles about paying the electric bill. Charles, who clearly feels put upon by having to share the same space with Keith, responds with unbridled and pointed insult. Charles, we learn, has his own problems. Keith's source of income is unclear, but he does have a job going door-to-door in the suburbs to raise money for a vaguely shady charity. It's a job for which he's blatantly ill-suited. Keith's social life, such as it is, consists mainly of harassing a hapless bartender, Sandy (David Sandholm), who has somehow come onto his radar, and trying to calm the frequently distraught Laura (Mary Bronstein, the filmmaker's wife, here credited as Mary Wall). At one point, he attempts to use sock puppets to lift her spirits. "Are those my socks?" Laura unhappily responds. Ronald Bronstein self-distributed Frownland for its theatrical run. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi

  • Release date:March 7, 2008

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Ronald Bronstein Someone to Watch Award 2007 Nominee

Cast

Dore Mann
as Keith
Mary Wall
as Laura
Paul Grimstad
as Charles
David Sandholm
as Sandy
Carmine Marino
as Carmine

Crew

Ronald Bronstein
Director
Marc Raybin
Producer
Ronald Bronstein
Screenwriter
Sean Williams
Cinematographer
Paul Grimstad
Composer (Music Score)
Ronald Bronstein
Editor
Mary Wall
Production Designer
Ignacio Carballo
Sound/Sound Designer
Ronald Bronstein
Casting
Ronald Bronstein
Supervising Sound Editor
Advertisement