Keep the Change

Directed by Rachel Israel

Year: 2018
Running Time: 93
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Country: U.S.
Language: English
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Keep the Change

Brandon Polansky
Samantha Elisofon
Jessica Walter
Will Deaver
Nicky Gottlieb
Tibor Feldman

Directed by Rachel Israel

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. 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.

Note for theaters: DCPs of this film include Audio Description (AD) for the visually impaired and Open Captions (OC) for the hard of hearing. We encourage you to make use of these functions and to advertise their availability. AD provided by Michele Spitz, Woman of Her Word.


“A tart and touching love story.”

“Positions itself to join the pantheon of New York rom-coms. Refreshingly uncynical. We’ve seen the Brooklyn Bridge up there on the big screen plenty of times, but rarely have we seen it crossed by characters quite like these.”

“Charming, romantic. An ode to self-discovery and acceptance that’s as funny as it is sweet.”

"An intricate love story, featuring people we rarely get to see on the big screen.”

“Keep the Change does something unusual, casting actors on the autism spectrum to play autistic roles. It’s sweet and honest, funny and poignant. The story is intensely personal and wholly universal.”


  • Best U.S. Narrative Feature – Tribeca Film Festival

  • Best New Narrative Director – Tribeca Film Festival

  • Special Mention, Nora Ephron Prize – Tribeca Film Festival

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MVHC Summer Institute Vineyard Haven 1531627200July 15, 2018
Movies of Delray Delray Beach 1527220800May 25 - June 7, 2018
Movies of Lake Worth Lake Worth 1527220800May 25 - June 7, 2018
Corazon Cinema St Augustine 1526616000May 18 - May 24, 2018
Athena Cinema Athens 1526616000May 18 - May 24, 2018
Art House Cinema 502 Ogden 1526616000May 18 - May 24, 2018
Acme Screening Room Lambertville 1526184000May 13, 18, 26, 2018
Living Room Theaters, Boca Raton Boca Raton 1526011200May 11 - June 3, 2018
Tropic Cinema Key West 1526011200May 11 - May 17, 2018
Palace Theater - HI Hilo 1526011200May 11 - May 17, 2018
Film Streams Omaha 1526011200May 11 - May 17, 2018
Bryn Mawr Film Institute Bryn Mawr 1526011200May 11 - May 17, 2018
The Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center Lincoln 1525406400May 4 - May 10, 2018
Living Room Theaters Portland 1525406400May 4 - June 6, 2018
Laemmle Monica Film Center Los Angeles 1524801600April 27 - May 3, 2018
Chelsea Theater Chapel Hill 1524801600April 27 - May 17, 2018
Dietrich Theatre Tunkhannock 1524801600April 27 + May 2, 2018
The Loft Cinema Tucson 1524196800April 20 - May 3, 2018
Laemmle Town Center 5 Encino 1524196800April 20 - May 3, 2018
Laemmle Royal Theatre Los Angeles 1524196800April 20 - April 26, 2018
The Guild Cinema Albuquerque 1524196800April 20 - April 23, 2018
Aperture Cinema Winston Salem 1523592000April 13 - April 19, 2018
Nitehawk Cinema Brooklyn 1523073600April 7 - April 8, 2018
Harkins Theatres Shea 14 Scottsdale 1522987200April 6 - April 12, 2018
State Theatre of Modesto Modesto 1522382400March 30 - April 5, 2018
Wilmette Theatre Wilmette 1522382400March 30 - April 12, 2018
Orpheum Chatham 1522382400March 30 - April 12, 2018
Grail MovieHouse Asheville 1522382400March 30 - April 5, 2018
Colonial Theatre Phoenixville 1522382400March 30 - April 12, 2018
Cinema Arts Theatres Fairfax 1522382400March 30 - April 12, 2018
Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival Springfield 1522123200March 27, 2018
Roxie Theater San Francisco 1521777600March 23 - March 29, 2018
Real Art Ways Hartford 1521777600March 23 - March 29, 2018
Avalon Theatre Washington 1521777600March 23 - April 5, 2018
Music Box Theatre Chicago 1521777600March 23 - April 5, 2018
Parkway Theatre Baltimore 1521777600March 23 - April 5, 2018
The Barnyard Winthrop 1521777600March 23 - April 5, 2018
New Jersey Jewish Film Festival West Orange 1521518400March 20, 2018
JCC Manhattan New York 1521518400March 20 - March 22, 2018
Palm Springs Jewish Film Festival Palm Springs 1521345600March 18, 2018
Martha's Vineyard Film Festival Chilmark 1521345600March 18, 2018
Jewish Federation of New Hampshire Manchester 1521345600March 18, 2018
Katz JCC Cherry Hill 1521345600March 18, 2018
Houston Jewish Film Festival Houston 1521345600March 18, 2018
Quad Cinema New York 1521172800March 16 - April 12, 2018
Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival Boca Raton 1521086400March 15, 2018
Seattle Jewish Film Festival Mercer Island 1520744400March 11, 2018
Maine Jewish Film Festival Portland 1520658000March 10, 2018
Hartford Jewish Film Festival Hartford 1520485200March 8, 2018
Boulder Jewish Film Festival Boulder 1520398800March 7, 2018
Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival Tampa 1519880400March 1, 2018
Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival West Palm Beach 1518930000February 18, 2018
Charlotte Jewish Film Festival Charlotte 1518930000February 18, 2018
San Diego Jewish Film Festival San Diego 1517979600February 7, 2018
Louisville Jewish Film Festival Louisville 1517461200February 1, 2018
South Bay Film Society Torrance 1516770000January 24, 2018
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Atlanta 1516770000January 24, 2018
Princeton JCC Princeton 1516770000January 24, 2018
Virginia Festival of Jewish Film Virginia Beach 1516770000January 24, 2018
Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival West Palm Beach 1516424400January 20 - January 26, 2018
Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival Scottsdale 1516338000January 19, 2018
Miami Jewish Film Festival Miami 1515646800January 11, 2018
Baton Rouge Jewish Film Festival Baton Rouge 1515646800January 11, 2018
Washington Jewish Film Festival Washington 1512968400December 11, 2017
Asperger / Autism Network (AANE) Watertown 1512104400December 1, 2017
Boston Jewish Film Festival Boston 1511154000November 20, 2017
Columbus Jewish Film Festival Columbus 1511154000November 20, 2017
Calgary Jewish Film Festival Calgary 1511067600November 19, 2017
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival Philadelphia 1510722000November 15, 2017
Gold Coast International Film Festival Great Neck 1510030800November 7 - November 12, 2017
Rutgers Jewish Film Festival New Brunswick 1509854400November 5, 2017
Vancouver Jewish Film Festival Vancouver 1509595200November 2, 2017
Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival Cupertino 1508990400October 26 - November 5, 2017
Suffolk Y JCC Commack 1508644800October 22, 2017
ArtYard Frenchtown 1508385600October 19, 2017
Valorem Film Festival Wilmington 1507262400October 6, 2017 - January 7, 2018
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival San Francisco 1500523200July 20, 2017
Tribeca Film Festival New York 1492660800April 20 - April 25, 2017

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