Noah “Noah Farberman” Farberman is a Toronto writer and comedian. Noah has performed in Toronto Sketchfest with his duo, Bad Tattoo, and has screened his short films in festivals across Canada and the United States. Noah is one of three winners of the Yolk Literary Flash-Fried Contest and has been published by The Online Journal of Thought and Perspective and Scarborough Fair. Currently, Noah studies Creative Writing at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus.
"12 Angry Men (1959, based on the teleplay by Reginald Rose) is a movie about people who care. Or rather, people who learn to care. I tried so hard to figure out what I wanted from 'Zoot Suit(s)' —whether a chance to one-up everyone who has made the joke 'Check out my one-person performance of 12 Angry Men' or just an opportunity to provide context for all the things I laugh at when I close my eyes. (Two kids sharing a bikini to sneak into the deep end of a swimming pool; a psychic and a detective failing to prevent a murder; any visual in this story.) For too long, I thought 'Zoot Suit(s)' was a spoof, a satirical goofball romp with no need for foundation or purpose. No reason to care about the story. I was wrong, and several drafts failed because of it. Henry Fonda helped me through.
I wrote this piece from two perspectives: a director with a funny voice, a unique perspective on the situation, and an opportunity to setup context; and a much more apathetic character, who wanted only to hear the director out and keep themselves entertained until they got what they wanted.
Contrary to what we see in 12 Angry Men, some minds can’t be changed. Look, in the past, I’ve been stubborn and abrasive. I’ve let emotion and frustration influence how I’ve taken feedback. And I think being able to accept those things about myself has led me to where I can share this story knowing that half of the people whose opinions I value so much thought it wasn’t working. Because my mind can’t be changed. Of this story's two voices — someone emotional and manipulative who ultimately has no influence, and someone who does not care — it’s the person who doesn’t care that gets to narrate. And you can’t change my mind on that. And I don’t need to explain why."