Not playing themselves

Like one of her favorite romantic comedies, “Crossing Delancey,” Rachel Israel’s narrative feature debut, “Keep the Change,” is a New York love story with a tangible Jewish undercurrent.

The romantic duo readily self-identify as Jewish, but they share another quality that for most people primarily defines them: David (Brandon Polansky) and Sarah (Samantha Elisofon) are on the autism spectrum.

Refreshingly honest and sexually straightforward in its portrayal of the way people with autism interact with each other, with their families and with strangers, “Keep the Change” received two prizes when it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.

“Keep the Change” screens Dec. 11 at the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center as part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival’s year-round screening series.

Read more at the Washington Jewish Week.