What's Happening In & Around Connecticut: July Edition

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:

This month we sadly bid adieu (for now) to one of our founding members, Patrick, as he embarks on a new adventure in the current filmmaking capital of the world- Atlanta...working in Insurance..? Anyway, he'll still be working on our mission of helping the next generation of storytellers in Connecticut, just from a little bit of a distance. Plus what better place to learn about a successful film industry than Atlanta?!

But while we might physically be losing one team member, we are growing! Be sure to say hello to Amanda, Katie, and Max, our Summer Interns when you see them at our events this summer.

July is all about celebrating America and, apparently in Connecticut, checking out some great films.

First up this month is the premiere screening of Goodnight (or Good Morning), a feature shot here in Connecticut by Sojourner Productions. The film focuses on a high school senior, the emotions that come with this transition period, and a girl that might change it. The premiere will take place on July 7th at Cinestudo at 2:30, you can purchase your tickets here. So go support some young up-and-coming filmmakers and a CT-based film!

The following weekend features a couple other great screenings of CT-based and CT-focused films. On July 13th be ready for the digital premiere of HEAD. Elmwood Productions' latest is the award-winning horror film starring an all puppet cast. Yes, puppet horror. You can get some HEAD on Amazon Prime, iTunes, VUDU, and TubiTV. Once you wrap that up and feel the need to get out of the house head down to New Haven for a screening of The Village: Life in New Haven's Little Italy. The Village, tells the story of the city’s Wooster Square neighborhood, which for many years was a tight-knit Italian-American enclave. The film will start at 5pm at State House; a Q&A with director Steve Hamm, editor Scott Amore, and the inspiration for the film Frank Carrano will follow.

July's third weekend sees the premiere of the first Stareable Fest. Over the past several months we've been sharing some of their tips to help you create a great web series now it's time to check out the best of the best. Stareable Fest, which runs 7/20-7/22 at Town Stages in Tribeca, includes over 45 shows, dozens of panels, and hundreds of filmmakers. It's a great opportunity to connect with other filmmakers and learn from the industry's top creators.

Maybe the big city isn't for you. Maybe it's too landlocked. That's okay. Connecticut Cult Classic's "Don't Go into the Water" double-feature will make you never want to go near a body of water ever again. The screening event will feature Jaws and Piranha, fun prizes, and a great community. Saturday July 21st at 7pm at The Strand Theater in Seymour.

And finally, what July wouldn't be complete without the 48 Hour Film Project New Haven? That's right, we're back! Our eighth season is gearing up to be the best yet. (We do say that every year though). Ever wanted to make a short film in just a weekend? Now's your shot with the 48HFP! Following the wild filmmaking weekend, all films will be screened at the Whitney Humanities Center. Be a part of CT's premiere filmmaking challenge. Kickoff weekend is July 27th-29th. The 2018 48 Hour Film Project New Haven is proudly presented by the Connecticut Office of Film, Television, and Digital Media. Oh, and by-the-way, registration is still open >> http://www.48hourfilm.com/new-haven-ct

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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