As part of our FilmYard program, ArtYard will be screening Keep the Change, the first feature film made with an entire cast of real people on the autism spectrum. Enjoy a small advance of the film here.
The director of this film, Rachel Israel, will be with us for a conversation after the movie. We can’t wait to meet her in person.
Two autistic adults strike up an unlikely and transformative relationship in Rachel Israel’s charming romantic comedy.
David, an upper-class charmer, leads a very comfortable life until he is mandated to attend a support group for adults with disabilities. There, he is forced to come to terms with his own high-functioning autism, despite his resentment towards being singled out as different, or anything other than what he interprets as ‘normal.’
In group, David is paired with Sarah – a quirky and outgoing woman whose optimism initially irks David – and the two take a trip together to the Brooklyn Bridge. Despite their contrasting personalities, they forge a bond. As their relationship deepens, Sarah, confident in herself and her individuality, challenges David to embrace his own uniqueness.
An endearing and naturalistic romantic comedy about people navigating the difficulties of a relationship, Keep the Change details an underrepresented community with authenticity, optimism, and humor.
About the Director:
Rachel Israel received her BFA from RISD and her MFA from Columbia University. She is an adjunct professor at RISD and has directed short films that have screened worldwide. Israel’s feature debut, Keep the Change, has received support from the Sundance Institute, Rooftop Film Festival, and the Princess Grace Foundation. ArtYard is honored to have her with us for a conversation about the film.