Directed by Tom Whitus and adapted from the book of the same name by Anna Olswanger, GREENHORN is based on a true story. In it, a young Holocaust survivor named Daniel arrives in 1946 at a Brooklyn yeshiva to study and live. He is befriended by Aaron, a boy with a stutter, and the two of them stand up to the bullies who make fun of them—Aaron because of his stutter and Daniel because of the small box (with its terrible secret) that he won't let out of his sight.
The film stars Leo Hojnowski as Aaron and Giorgio Poma 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. Sandra and Harris L. Cohen executive produced the film. Andrew Walton and Steven Clark served as cinematographers. Scott Irick edited the film, Kinny Landrum composed the score and Ray Soldiuk created the audio design. 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.
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