Award winning film Greenhorn now on DVD

Posted on March 22, 2016


Greenhorn film

Greenhorn by Anna Olswanger is a book for young readers that is based on the true story of an 11-year old Holocaust survivor who comes to a Brooklyn yeshiva in 1946.

In 2013, Olswanger and Tom Whitus joined forces to co-produce the film version. Greenhorn, the movie premiered in Los Angeles and New York in the fall of 2014.

Greenhorn is a powerful film that gives human dimension to the Holocaust. The book and the film are based on a true story that Olswanger heard from Rabbi Rafael Grossman of Baron Hirsch Congregation, while she was living in Memphis. Read the Advice from a Caterpillar review of Greenhorn, the book.

Greenhorn actors
The film stars Leo Hojnowski [above left] as Aaron (based on Rabbi Grossman), the boy with a stutter who wants to be a rabbi when he grows up, and Giorgio Poma [above right] as Daniel. The other boys in the yeshiva are played by Tim Borowiec, Zaki Sky, Zane Beers and Matt Oliva. Manny Lieberman co-stars as Rabbi Ehrlich, the teacher.

Excerpt from Advice from a Caterpillar film review of Greenhorn:

… Leo Hojnowski is spot on as Aaron the Gravel Mouth, making use of the character’s stuttering habit to show his over-eagerness to make friends with Daniel. Giorgio Poma convincingly characterizes the sensitive and traumatized Daniel, overwhelmed with culture shock and clutching a grim secret. Manny Lieberman adds a touch of humor to his portrayal of Rabbi Ehrlich  who is tasked with describing the heartbreak caused by the Holocaust.

Greenhorn was shot in New York City at The Actors’ Temple in midtown Manhattan, with exteriors in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood adjacent to the temple. Other interiors were shot at Joria Productions in Manhattan and in Louisville, Kentucky.

best_shorts_award_winner12015 Audience Award Winner for Best Short Film Drama
at the Morris and Mollye Fogelman International Jewish Film Festival
at the Memphis Jewish Community Center

Greenhorn is both a heartwarming and heartrending story of friendship and tragedy in the aftermath of the Holocaust.” ~ David Adler

“A tender, touching celebration of friendship, family, and faith.” ~ Karen Cushman, Newbery Medalist


Greenhorn: A Story of Friendship in the Aftermath of the Holocaust
is now available on DVD.
Libraries and schools can purchase the DVD with public performance rights and show the film in classrooms.
Click here to order.

Greenhorn is also available on Amazon to individual viewers.

For more information visit:
Film review: Greenhorn
Greenhorn, the film project

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