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What's Happening In & Around Connecticut: May Edition

May 1, 2018

 As part of our mission here at Nutmeg Institute we like to highlight the creative events happening in and around the Nutmeg state. Here's a selection of a few of the events occurring this month: 



We hope everyone had an inspiring and creative April! It looks like the weather is (finally) starting to turn to Spring. There's a lot going on in May so let's get right to it! 


Storytelling is one of the key aspects to game design and can make or break a campaign. Elm City Games in New Haven is hosting Fantasticon, a weekend (May 4-6) of game design, play testing, and discussions. Designers can show off game prototypes and get feedback from other designers and gamers while gamers have the opportunity to test out new games before they hit stores.We're not big gamers but this event sounds like a lot of fun. Try out new, unreleased games and meet other gamers and designers. what could be better? 


That same weekend Yale's Annual Carlotta Festival of New Plays returns for it's 12th year. The Carlotta Festival showcases three fully produced plays by graduating playwrights. This year's plays include: The Hour of Great Mercy (dir. Kevin Hourigan), Everything that Never Happens (dir. Jesse Rasmussen), and If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka (dir. Elizabeth Dinkova). Taking place from May 5th through May 13th, you'll have the opportunity to catch all of these fine plays (even some multiple times). All three plays will be performed at the Iseman Theater (1156 Chapel St., New Haven). 


As always, we have an exciting month too! This month's Movie Brunch is the Audrey Hepburn / Peter O'Toole classic How to Steal a Million on May 13th. Bring your mom and celebrate mother's day with this fun romantic comedy about an art heist including a forged statue. And on May 22nd we open up registration for the 2018 48 Hour Film Project New Haven. Register early to save some money (you'll need it for craft services) and get ready for a wild film-making summer. 


The following weekend (May18th-19th) features an event we're extremely proud to be a part of: the 2018 Expo Fest and Student Film Festival presented by Skills 21 / EdAdvance. The event, taking place at the Toyota Oakdale Theater offers students an opportunity to show off STEM- and Media-based projects. Team Nutmeg will be there presenting awards Friday night alongside some familiar faces: Renato and Alicia Ghio (RmediA), Chris Bryant (Studio 12 Academy), and Sarah Mitchell (Friend of the Program / Film Producer / All-Around Do-Gooder). We've been incredibly impressed by the films we've seen so far and can't wait to celebrate with these talented filmmakers. The future is bright! 


If you haven't figured it out yet, we love the Boondocks Film Society. Jeff and Cindy, BFS founders, put on great events ever time. If you call yourself a cinephile you have to check them out. The May 24th film is Pee-Wee's Big Adventure at the Four Brothers Drive-In in Amenia, NY. We missed last year's event at Four Brothers (with the appropriately themed Dazed and Confused) so we're looking forward to this year's. Not only will this event feature Tequila cocktails and live music, they'll also be handing out an award for Best Bike


We wrap things up with the start of a film festival. While the Greenwich International Film Festival (May 31st-June3rd) holds the majority of it's events in June it does kick off it's event with it's Changemaker Gala on May 31st. (You can purchase tickets here). This year's Honorees include Ashley Judd and Duncan Edwards. The event continues with an Opening Night concert featuring Ms Lauryn Hill, a spotlight conversation with Tony Goldwyn (Scandal), dozens of curated films, and, of course, the CT Short Film Showcase. 



As you can see there's a lot going on in the Nutmeg State and we're sure we missed a ton of great events. If you know of something interesting going on this month drop us a line in the comments! 

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