Keep the Change

Alumni Feature Film 'Keep the Change' Releases in March

BY Fernando Iriarte , February 14, 2018

Keep the Change, written and directed by Rachel Israel ’13,  produced by Kurt Enger ’07 and co-produced Robert Cristiano ’13 will be released theatrically by Kino Lorber in March. According to Variety, the distribution company has acquired all the North American rights to the film.


Keep the Change, starring Brandon Polansky and Samantha Elisofon, follows the story of David, an upper class young man coming to terms with high-functioning autism. He is forced to join a support group were he meets Sarah, a confident and charming woman who shows him a new perspective on life.


The film is based on Israel’s short film thesis, which played at the Columbia University Film Festival (CUFF) in 2014. Israel developed the short with the feature in mind. “When I started working on Keep the Change as a feature-length project back in 2011, I was an MFA film student at Columbia University. My thesis advisor Ramin Bahrani wholeheartedly supported my idea. I decided to test out the concept of the feature as my short film thesis. […] I developed the script for the short film by working with Brandon and professional actresses on weekly improvisational exercises for about a year."


Keep the Change will also screen at Columbia University's Lenfest Center for the Arts in April. Registration opens early March.

From Thesis to Feature Film: A Conversation with Rachel Israel ’13 and Ramin Bahrani

Watch the film trailer

April 5

Keep the Change | Spring 2018

The Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room
Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W. 129 St.
New York, NY 10027 6:30 PM

Screening will be followed by a conversation with writer and director Rachel Israel '13, producer Kurt Enger '07, and lead actors Samantha Elisofon and Brandon Polansky. Moderated by Maureen A. Ryan, Film. A New York City romantic comedy, Keep the Change is the unlikely love story of two people who meet in a support group.

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