Cigarette Candy

Bavarian Premiere

Screenings: Friday, June 17, 19:00 and Saturday, June 18, 19:00 (SALTY)


Country of Origin: USA
Year of Production: 2009
Duration: 13′
Category: Fiction

Director: Lauren Wolkstein
Screenplay: Jeff Sousa
Cinematographer: Bill Winters
Editor: Lauren Wolkstein, David Andalman, Jeff Sousa
Music: Ryan Shore
Producer: Michael Fiore

Synopsis: Eddie Van Buren, a traumatized teenage Marine, is forced to play the role of „the hero“ at his homecoming party. In pursuing a rebellious, precocious sixteen-year-old girl, Candy, he sees an opportunity to numb his pain and connect to a fellow lost soul.
Inhalt: Eddie Van Buren, ein traumatisierter Marinesoldat in den Teenagerjahren, ist gezwungen, auf der Familienparty zu Ehren seiner Heimkehr die Rolle „des Helden“ zu spielen. In der ebenfalls anwesenden frühreifen Candy erkennt er eine Seelengefährtin und die Möglichkeit seinen Schmerz zu betäuben… bis das Ventil schließlich dem inneren Druck nachgibt.

Awards: Winner of the Short Film Jury Award for Best Narrative Short, 2010 SXSW Film Festival; Best Student Film, 2010 Williamsburg International Film Festival; Special Jury Award for Outstanding Performance, 2010 Florida Film Festival; Best Student Short Film, 2010 Cleveland International Film Festival, Best Cinematography, 2010 Short Film Festival La Fila (Valladolid, Spain), Red Citation – Humanitarian Award, Best Screenplay, 2009 24fps International Short Film Festival; Best Live Action Student Short Under 15 Minutes, Alexis Award for Most Promising Student Filmmaker, Special Mention,2009 Palm Springs International ShortFest; Adrienne Shelly Foundation: Best Female Director, Plum Pictures Most Promising Filmmaker Award, Independent Film Project Audience Award, Student Choice Award: Best Direction, Entertainment Partners Best Producing, Honorable Mention, 2009 Columbia University Film Festival; Fall 2009 Grant Recipient, 2009 The Caucus for Producers, Writers, & Directors Foundation