KEEP THE CHANGE
After three years of intensive story collaboration with our neurodiverse cast, KEEP THE CHANGE is finally ready to be shot as a feature film this Summer, 2015! Our narrative was developed through personal relationships with the actors, individuals on the autism spectrum drawn from “Adaptations“, a real social skills community at JCC Manhattan. With the help of the JCC and a generous camera grant from Rooftop Film Festival – we can now make this film at a micro-budget – all that we need is your support!
Reaching our $50,000 fundraising goal will enable us to get this film in the can. We will hire essential crew such as a cinematographer and sound person, rent basic lighting equipment and feed our cast and crew for a four week micro-budget shoot in New York City. Our bare bones approach will allow this film to be born and also give us the flexibility to capture the most organic performances from our non-traditional actors.
KEEP THE CHANGE deserves to be made. Please check out the award-winning short film (available to download for a small donation here), and join our team to bring this important feature film to the world!
Brandon Polansky as DAVID, 30, a wealthy guy who lives at home with his parents. Irreverent
and witty with playboy machismo, David won’t acknowledge his autism.
He’s just got a few kinks to work out.
Samantha Elisofon as SARAH, 24, the queen of the Connections community. Sarah lives a
sheltered life. A language processing disability makes communication difficult. She expresses
her beauty through singing.
William S. Deaver as WILL, 26, the fearsome dictator of Connections. A musical genius and critic
who will see through you with brutal honesty and relish watching you squirm.
Underneath his antisocial armor is a loyal friend
Nicky Gottlieb as TRAVIS MCHENRY, 33, the impresario. Travis is the Connections mover and
shaker- self appointed theatrical auteur- and chief organizer of everything social.
A big headed elitist with an even bigger heart.
Based on the award winning short film, KEEP THE CHANGE is a feature length love story about DAVID, an upper-class charmer struggling to hide his high-functioning autism. Forced to attend Connections, a support group for people on the autism spectrum, David falls in love with SARAH, a sheltered young woman who challenges his identity as ‘normal.’
Once the film is complete, we will submit to premiere domestic and international film festivals such as Sundance, Tribeca, Berlin, Cannes and Toronto. The producers have track records and relationships with programmers at all of these festivals and many more.
From the festival premiere we will seek theatrical distribution. We will develop a release plan to maximize viewership for KEEP THE CHANGE. This release would likely take place 6-10 months after the festival premiere. We will work with both domestic and foreign sales agents to sell our theatrical, television and digital rights to receive revenue from all markets. Before the release, we will continue to play festivals around the world, garnering reviews and raising awareness. Guided by Isaac Zablocki, Pat Schissel, Allison Kleinman and the JCC, we will seek out autism communities in each city the film plays in an effort to create advocates and build up word of mouth within our niche audience before the film is released worldwide.
In the event we do not have a distributor on board from festival and market screenings, six months after the film is complete, we will begin self-distribution. Via substantial relationships at Vimeo, Netflix and iTunes (via Lorber Media), we will put the film in wide release for streaming and download so it is readily available internationally. An Android app, created by NYC based Throwing Fruit, for iPhones, tablets, etc. is already in the works so the film will also be available through Tangerine Entertainment’s portal to download to these various devices directly from the filmmakers.
During our theatrical release, we project securing one theater in twelve various markets to reach a total 1,000 people via theatrical ticket sales. Through our film’s website, we hope to increase our Facebook and Twitter followers to 2,000 and reach 50,000 views of our behind the scenes material released on our film’s youtube or vimeo channel. With the partnership of the AHA, we will outreach to their 700 members. We project to be screened at 15 festivals averaging 50 people per screening slot and averaging 2 screenings per festivals. We plan to conduct lecture series at Columbia University, New York University, School of Visual Arts, Aldephi University, Rhode Island School of Design, University of North Carolina School of the Arts to educate over 500 film students on our model for neurodiverse casting.