Ronnie Bronstein’s SXSW 2007 special jury prize winner, Frownland, will have a special screening at New York’s IFC Center on Wednesday, September 5. This film is something that true blue indie cinephiles need to witness. It’s uncompromising and difficult, yet highly entertaining and very very funny. For Filmmaker Magazine (which will host the screening), David Lowery chats with Bronstein about his process:
Filmmaker: On a related note, what are some of the best reactions you’ve had, both positive and negative?
Bronstein: Well, yikes, a fight nearly broke out after this one screening in Las Vegas. Some guy in the back of the theatre was booing throughout the closing credits. When they ended, this other guy stood up, turned to face the booer, and screamed, “You! You’re a fucking asshole!” I mean he really screamed. He was absolutely enraged. Red as a beet. Shaking. That’s when a third guy stood up and started defending the booer. The second guy turned on the third. Everyone was arguing. It was sort of a melee. Turns out that last guy was the attending critic for Variety and he wound up writing us a killer review. Which leads me to think that that kind of raw caustic energy is real good for the project. It forces people to quickly choose a position and defend it. I should probably start hiring shills to run up and punch me in the face after each screening.