Based on the award winning short, Keep the Change is a love story about David, an upper-class charmer struggling to hide his high-functioning autism, who is forced to attend a support group for people with disabilities where he falls in love with Sarah, a sheltered, young autistic woman, who challenges his desire to maintain an identity as 'normal.'
The film is scripted by emerging female filmmaker, writer/director Rachel Israel and is cast with non-professional actors with disabilities around whom she wrote the script. The short won the Focus Features Best Film and the Alumni Award at the 2013 Columbia University Film Festival and has since screened at Reelabilities Film Festival (2014), Maine Jewish Film Festival (2014), Sprout Film Festival (2014) and Rooftop Films Summer Series (2014).
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Last updated: Apr. 11, 2016