STARRING MAZ JOBRANI
David is Noam’s first acting experience in a feature film. He has experience writing and directing plays, and when he is not acting he is the Principal of Judaic Studies in North Shore Hebrew Academy High School in Great Neck New York.
Q. How did you get involved in David?
A. I got involved in David after seeing a casting call and I decided to follow my dream of acting on screen. I went down to the city one day, did an improved audition and it's all history from there. It was the first real film casting call I went on. I was pretty nervous but at the same time it is something that I love to do and always wanted to do.
Q. What was main thing you brought to your character, and took away from playing your character?
A. I think I brought a youthfulness to my character which I hoped to portray. It’s important to me that people see teaching as an art and one which you need humor, love and lots of energy to do! I think that what I took away from my character was the importance of seeing each person as an individual with unique struggles and stories. A student is much more than a body filling a desk!
Q. What was your favorite moment during production?
A. My favorite moment was when all the parents of the kids came onto the set to watch one of the scenes being filmed. It made me feel like they were seeing me as the actor that I always knew I could be.
Q. How do you connect with the stories in the film?
A. I connect with the film on a deep level. My father is a Holocaust survivor who came to America as a young child. I am a first generation American and while I didn't have the same struggles that David did, I could certainly understand him. In addition it is a story that also deals with identity and ethnic pride. In a time when so many youngsters shun their ethnicity, I was happy to be a part of a project that made people think about what it means to be part of a community and family.
Q. Any other comments you would like to make?
A. I am blessed to have had this opportunity to work with such an amazing cast and crew. I hope our paths cross again so that we can tell another important story.