“Unexpected Places” is a fictional drama inspired by true events that occurred in the life of local screenwriter Penny Carlisi. The movie stars Cody, played by Tim Torok of Pinckney, as a troubled son who struggles with addiction and crime. Watching his descent causes his mother Pam, played by Carlisi, almost unbearable grief and affects her relationships at work and with her husband, Alan, played by Wayne Brown of Dearborn Heights. Mother and son hit bottom together.
The movie was filmed in the Milford, Brighton, and Howell area and was a low-budget production, including an all-volunteer cast and crew. Eleven scenes were shot at Brighton Nazarene Church, and four scenes were shot at the Livingston County Jail. Pastor Ben Walls from Brighton Nazarene Church plays himself. His daughter Crystal Gibbons, his son-in-law Chad Gibbons, and even his grandson, Carson Gibbons also appear in the film.
The event begins at 5 p.m. on December 1 at Brighton Nazarene Church, 7669 Brighton Rd. in Brighton. Tickets are available online in advance for $6.00 at RevealFilmGroup.com or $8.00 at the door. Musical guest, Messenger, will kick off the evening at 5 p.m., followed by the premiere showing of the movie at 6 p.m. The evening will end with a dessert reception at 8 p.m
“Unexpected Places” was completed in October 2012 and is 112 minutes long. The producers are Penny Carlisi and Daniel Knudsen; the director is Michael Brennan, who also completed a feature-length novel that parallels the movie; the director of photography is Megan Farnsworth; and original music was composed by Samuel Joshua, who made a soundtrack CD of the film.