Special thanks to our community partner Autism Society of Southern Arizona! At these screenings we’ll have the lights on brighter than usual, the sound on the film will be lower and we won’t be enforcing our “no talking” policy. For info on additional screenings click here.
When aspiring filmmaker David (Brandon Polansky) is mandated by a judge to attend a social program at the Jewish Community Center, he is sure of one thing: he doesn’t belong there. But when he’s assigned to visit the Brooklyn Bridge with the vivacious Sarah (Samantha Elisofon), sparks fly and his convictions are tested.
“An intricate love story, featuring people we rarely get to see on the big screen.” – Anne-Katrin Titze, Eye for Film
Their budding relationship must weather Sarah’s romantic past, David’s judgmental mother (Jessica Walter), and their own pre-conceptions of what love is supposed to look like. Under the guise of an off-kilter New York romantic comedy, Keep the Change does something quite radical in casting actors with autism to play characters with autism, offering a refreshingly honest portrait of a community seldom depicted on the big screen. Rarely has a romcom felt so deep and poignant. Thoroughly charming and quite funny, the film’s warmth and candor brings growth and transformation to the characters, and ultimately, to us. (Dir. by Rachel Israel, 2017, USA, 94 mins., Not Rated)