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What's Happening In & Around Connecticut: September Edition

September 5, 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 hate to break this to you, but Fall is upon us. The Summer season ended with a bang with our eight annual 48 Hour Film Project New Haven. This year we had more CT-based teams than ever before, partied once again at the Bijou Theatre, and Frank Fasano and his team Jester Pictures will be taking their film, Manifest, to Filmapalooza 2019 in Orlando to represent New Haven. We loved seeing so many filmmakers being so creative and we cannot wait until next year! 


But if you're looking for more ways to connect and more things to do as the leaves turn and Football season takes over (just don't tell Mike the Jets are starting a rookie quarterback) we got you covered. 


September has something for everything, from film screenings, networking events, and salon-style talks. 


NHDocs: The New Haven Documentary Film Festival kicks things off with the first two in its Fall Screening Series. NHDocs will pull from its vast catalogue of phenomenal, locally created documentaries and share their stories with various communities. The first film this month is The Village: Life in New Haven's Little Italy. Steve Hamm's 2018 film looks back at the Wooster Square neighborhood and the tight-knight Italian-American that made it home. This free screening taking place in Wooster Square on September 8th is a perfect way to experience the past and present of this neighborhood. The film starts at 7pm. NHDocs second Fall Screening Series film is Family Meal directed by Jim O'Connor on September 25th at Best Video Film and Cultural Center at 7pm. Jim's second feature-length film follows three "restaurant" families from local staples: Caseus, Zuppardi’s Apizza, Ricky D’s Rib Shack, Ordinary, & Black Hog Brewing Company. The sincere look at the people behind serving us makes you yearn for family dinners; sitting around filled with love, laughter, and good food. 


And if good food and good films are something you love, well that's where we come in! Our Nutmeg Movie Brunches return to The Rough Draft for not one but two films. First is the crime caper The French Connection. The based-on-a-true-story film about an international heroin ring making its way through New York City has become the inspiration for not only hundreds of films since its release but also Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen. Seriously. We looked it up. Our second film is the Michael Douglas-Kathleen Turner-Danny Devito adventure flick Romancing the Stone. We'll have themed menus, raffles, and a fun time. The French Connection screening is September 9th with Romancing the Stone coming in two weeks later on the 23rd. 


Those screenings will be sure filled with fun but maybe you're looking for something a little more focused on the future of Connecticut's media makers. Digital Media CT is launching its ConnectNext speaker series. These small intimate talks aim to connect professionals from Connecticut's leading content producers with students and up-and-coming creators. Starting things off on September 15th at UCONN's Stamford campus is Sean Thorpe. Thorpe, an art director with the WWE in Stamford will lead a "Kicking Ass in College, Save Yourself Art Lecture". The following week DMCT will head up to UCONN Hartford's Library on the 22nd for a discussion with Timothy Suarez, a professional animator whose credits include the Blue Sky Studios productions The Peanuts Movie, Ice Age: Collision Course, Ferdinand, and Spies in Disguise. Both talks looks to highlight the amazing creators the Nutmeg State is home to. 


Finally, you can wrap things up with Caddyshack as part of Two Roads Brewing Company's Hoppywood film series on September 28th. We promise, no gophers in the Hop Yard. We'll be screening another 48 Hour Film Project short prior to the feature. Also, stay tuned for some more fun film-related antics coming your way from Two Roads. (Shh it's a secret!) 


There's a lot going on this month and it should keep you busy and excited about this creative community we've been building! 


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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