'Keep the Change' offers fresh take on love, autism

'Keep the Change' offers fresh take on love, autism

Brandon Polansky and Samantha Elisofon star in "Keep the Change," opening May 11 at the Ross.
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Brandon Polansky and Samantha Elisofon star in "Keep the Change," opening May 11 at the Ross.

“Keep the Change,” a landmark motion picture about people living with autism, opens May 11 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center.

Continuing to show is “Leaning into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy” and “Final Portrait.”

In “Keep the Change,” each character that has autism is portrayed by nonprofessional performers who live with autism.

The film follows David (played by Brandon Polansky), an aspiring filmmaker who is ordered by a judge to attend a social program at a Jewish community center. Though he firmly believes he doesn’t belong there, David’s convictions are tested during a visit to the Brooklyn Bridge with the vivacious Sarah (Samantha Elisofon).

The duo’s budding relationship is tested by Sarah’s romantic past, David’s judgmental mother (Jessica Walter) and their preconceptions of what love is supposed to look like.

Disguised as an off-kilter New York-based romantic comedy, “Keep the Change” is a refreshingly honest portrait of the autistic people, a community seldom depicted on the big screen.

“Keep the Change,” which is not rated, shows through May 17 at the Ross.

Also showing through May 17 is “Leaning into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy” and “Final Portrait.”

In "Leaning into the Wind," documentarian Thomas Riedelsheimer charts a vibrant journey through the diverse layers of the world of artist Andy Goldsworthy. The film is a travelogue, examining Goldsworthy's work from urban Edinburgh and London to the south of France and New England.

"Learning into the Wild: Andy Goldsworthy" is rated PG for brief language.

Leaning Into The Wind - Official Trailer
Trailer: "Leaning into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy"

Directed by Stanley Tucci, "Final Portrait" is the story of a touching and offbeat relationship between American writer James Lord and Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti.

The story is told through the eyes of Lord, revealing unique insight into the beauty, frustration, profundity and chaos of the artistic process.

"Final Portrait" is rated R for language, some sexual references and nudity.

Final Portrait | Official Trailer HD (2017)
Trailer: "Final Portrait"

Learn more about films at the Ross, including show times, online or by calling 402-472-5353.