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Actors: Dore Mann, Paul Grimstad, David Sandholm, Carmine Marino, Mary Bronstein
Director: Ronald Bronstein
Ronald Bronstein describes his extraordinary film as "a brown tomato lobbed with spazmo aimed at the spotless surface of the silver screen." Frownland has garnered passionate raves and scathing denunciation. Screenings hav... more »
Best American Film of 2008 - true independent filmmaking
S. Siegel | Chicago | 08/11/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ronald Bronstein's ultra, ultra low budget film blew me away when I saw it in 2008. If you're sick of sitcom tripe like "Garden State" passing itself off as indie filmmaking, seek out the DVD of "Frownland" when it becomes available. The style is similar to Todd Solondz's work...but without the shooting-fish-in-a-barrel feel - the characters are sometimes cringingly awkward but REAL & the lead role by Dore Mann is truly one for the ages. The dark comedic aspects keep this rolling but it builds to a cataclysmic emotional effect and the finale has stayed with me for nearly a year. Shot on 16mm like the work of I'm sure one of Bronstein's influences, John Cassavettes."