Taffy, Cigarettes – Premier Michigan Theatre (April 5th)

Taffy, Cigarettes

A short film from The EFEX Project

Sunday April 5th • 12:30pm Michigan Theater • Screening Room

603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

FREE Admission + Refreshments
Cast & Crew in attendance for a Q+A afterwards


Kevin tries to enjoy his waning summer days before junior high school with his best friend Travis. They climb trees, ride bikes, and hang out at the local party store. Aside from candy and pop, Kevin must buy cigarettes for his mom who already suffers from respiratory illness. After losing the cigarettes, Kevin must deal with the frustrations of growing up. Set in the Midwest in the early 1990s.


Taffy, Cigarettes is the second film produced with The EFEX Project at the University of Michigan. The EFEX Project (Encouraging the Filmmaking Experience) is a community engagement program created by Sultan Sharrief and Terri Sarris that seeks to empower Metro-Detroit filmmaking through a creative collaboration among University students, high school students, local professionals, and community members.

The EFEX Project and Taffy, Cigarettes starts with the Community Filmmaking course offered through the Screen Arts and Cultures Department at the University of Michigan. Ten university students enrolled to collaboratively produce the film and serve as its crew members. The EFEX Project then partnered with Van Buren Alternative and Belleville High Schools to workshop the film with students and provide education on filmmaking that was previously unavailable. Auditions were conducted in Ann Arbor and at the Detroit YMCA to cast all local talent. The film was shot all on location in Ann Arbor, MI.

The EFEX Project’s method of producing relies on the support of local professionals and community members who want to enrich the filmmaking community in Metro-Detroit. We would like to thank everyone who has contributed their time and money to make Taffy, Cigarettes possible.



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