Tangerine Entertainment, a production company that focuses on films by women directors, has teamed up with producer Summer Shelton to bring us “Keep the Change,” a romantic drama directed by newbie Rachel Israel.
Based on Israel’s Columbia thesis short film, “Keep the Change” stars non-professional actors Brandon Polanksy and Samantha Elisofon (both who appeared in the short) as two individuals with autism who fall in love. Polanksy stars as David, a man who tries to hide his high-functioning autism, but is nonetheless forced to attend a support group for people with disabilities. There he meets Elisofon’s character, a shy woman with autism.
“We were already fans of Summer’s work,” Tangerine’s Anne Hubbell said. “When she introduced us to Rachel, we saw how deftly and honestly she directed autistic actors to create a universal, emotional experience. We signed on immediately.”
Tangerine’s “Lucky Them,” which stars Toni Collette and Thomas Hayden Church, is currently in theaters and on iTunes.