Unexpected Places

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Unexpected Places
Unexpected Places poster.jpg
Directed by Michael Brennan
Produced by Penny Carlisi
Daniel Knudsen
Written by Penny Carlisi
Starring Penny Carlisi
Tim Torok
Wayne E. Brown
Music by Samuel Joshua
Cinematography Megan Farnsworth
Reveal Film Group
Crystal Creek Media
Release date
  • December 1, 2012 (2012-12-01)
Running time
112 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Unexpected Places is a 2012 film produced by Reveal Film Group in association with Crystal Creek Media. The film is a redemption story of a wayward son played by Tim Torok. It was directed by Michael Brennan, while being co-produced, written-by and starring Penny Carlisi.


Cody is a troubled son who continues to make bad choices into his adult life. His mother (Pam) feels unbearable grief as she watches him grow up. Cody struggles with addiction and crime while Pam is hurt by all the relationships in her life including her marriage. Her faith is shaken and she feels more alone than ever, but God intervenes to open both their eyes to redemption and a new life.


  • Penny Carlisi as Pam
  • Tim Torok as Cody Farmer
  • Wayne E. Brown as Alan
  • Deputy M. Young as himself

Daniel Knudsen makes a cameo appearance.


Unexpected Places was filmed on location in the Milford, Brighton, and Howell area with an all-volunteer cast and crew. Eleven scenes were shot at Brighton Nazarene Church, and four scenes took place at the Livingston County Jail.[1] An actual Livingston County Sheriff Deputy plays the role, and does the stunt driving. Principal photography took place for four months throughout 2011.[2]


Unexpected Places premiered December 1, 2012 in Brighton, Michigan. There is an additional parallel novel written by Michael Brennan being released, plus a soundtrack CD of the film by Samuel Joshua.[1] It was released to home video on July 2, 2013.


  1. ^ a b McGarry, Rick (November 28, 2012). "Local Film Premier". The Livingston Post. Retrieved November 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ Shelton, Michael (November 29, 2012). "Penny Carlisi set to premiere first feature-length film". The Spinal Column. Retrieved November 29, 2012. 

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