Film Starring Actors With ASD Coming To The Big Screen
A feature film starring multiple people with autism is headed for a national release.
The distribution company Kino Lorber has acquired the rights to “Keep The Change,” a romantic comedy focusing on the relationship that blossoms between David and Sarah, two young adults on the spectrum who meet at a support group.
The film will be featured at the 2018 ReelAbilities Film Festival before opening March 16 in New York. A national expansion will follow, Kino Lorber said.
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“Keep The Change” debuted at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival where it won awards for Best U.S. Narrative Feature and Best New Narrative Director.
Much of the cast — including the two lead characters — is made up of nonprofessional actors with autism who are part of the Adaptations Group at the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan.
“‘Keep The Change’ has been a labor of love for all involved, from our cast to our crew, our producers, and our community partners at the JCC’s Center for Special Needs,” said the film’s director Rachel Israel. “We made a unique, risk-taking film and it is wonderful to see it come to light on the big screen.”