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in Filmmaking
on Nov 15, 2007

If you’ve attended a screening of Frownland (and a couple are coming up this week at MOMA), then you know that writer/director Ronnie Bronstein does a mean Q&A. Hannah Takes the Stairs director Joe Swanberg realized this too and cast Bronstein as the private investigator protagonist of his new web series, Butterknife. It’s being presented by Spout, and there’s a blog and trailer up now. (The series launches in January.)

Here’s how Spout describes the project:

Forced to deal with the ugly side of people and relationships all day, an unnamed private investigator can’t wait to get home and hang out with his wife, a child therapist at a hospital. Played by real life husband and wife, Ronald and Mary Bronstein, each episode contrasts the unusual, hysterical and tense interactions of P.I. work with a disarming look at a married couple working on a healthy relationship.

Director Joe Swanberg felt compelled to make Butterknife after spending a week with Ronald and Mary at their NYC apartment, getting a first hand look at their relationship. The three worked together closely to create the series, soliciting help from several filmmaker friends around the country to round out the cast and crew.

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