Be part of Greenhorn the film

Posted on July 15, 2013

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greenhorn coverAward-winning director Tom Whitus and award-winning playwright Ree Howell are teaming up with author Anna Olswanger to produce the film version of her recent novel, Greenhorn. Based on a true story told to Olswanger by Rabbi Rafael Grossman during a trip to Israel almost 30 years ago, Greenhorn is about a young Holocaust survivor’s friendship with an American boy and a mysterious tin box.

Karen Cushman, Newbery Medalist, calls Greenhorn “a tender, touching celebration of friendship, family, and faith.” David Adler, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book for Nonfiction, calls Greenhorn “a heartwarming and heartrending story of friendship and tragedy.” Read my  review of Greenhorn: “a profoundly moving portrait of a painful part of human history.”

According to Tom Whitus, “The job of film is to tell a story and make an impact felt for many years to come. I believe that Greenhorn will reach a new and broad audience as a film.”

Ree Howell, the screenwriter, agrees saying, “If one heart is impacted or one life is changed, Greenhorn has done its job. And that is why I am adapting this story to film.”

Their goal is to submit the film for an Academy Award nomination in the Short Films Awards category. Filming is scheduled to begin in New York in March 2014. Director Whitus is “aiming for a September [2014] screening in Los Angeles.”

The filmmakers invite you to contribute to this worthwhile film project. A fund-raising effort is currently underway through December 31, 2013. For as little as $10 you can receive the DVD after the film’s release. Contributions of $1,000 to $5,000 grant you associate or executive producer status.

Make your contribution by mail or online at Greenhorn Film Project

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