OFFBEAT: Gary filmmaker premiering new film Friday in Merrillville

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column
2013-09-12T00:00:00Z OFFBEAT: Gary filmmaker premiering new film Friday in MerrillvilleBy Philip Potempa, (219) 852-4327

Charles Murray, a Gary native and Roosevelt High School alum is writer and director of the independent film "Things Never Said." Murray is a seasoned professional writer with many talents and has written for several of Hollywood's highly rated television series "City of Angels," "Third Watch," "Day Break," "Criminal Minds" and continues to be a member of the "Sons of Anarchy" writing team.

Fellow Gary native, Steven LaBroi serves as a co-executive producer for the movie. Also a Roosevelt alum, LaBroi, is a well-established with with business ventures along the East Coast and other parts of the United States.

Murray will host a meet and greet session at 6 p.m. Friday just before the 7:25 p.m. screening at AMC Showplace Theater12, 2590 Southlake Mall in Merrillville.

"Things Never Said" is an independent film produced by Raising Kane Films. I'm told Murray and his fellow executive producers received high reviews this summer after featuring the movie in several film festivals across the country, such as Pan African Festival, Langston Hughes African-American Film Festival, Roxbury International Film Festival and Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival.

The film is scheduled to play through Friday, Sept. 21.

The story is about Kalindra Stepney, who goes by Kal, played by Shanola Hampton, who is an aspiring poetess, but inside, she's an artist who's lost. Haunted by dreams deferred and a dangerous marriage, she yearns to perform on New York's most acclaimed spoken word stage.

FYI: (219) 755-0377 or

Something funny

Majestic Star Casino & Hotel in Gary is hosting more comedy in the casino showroom with Felipe Esparza of TV's "Last Comic Standing." He is best known for his raw, real-life comedy, his irreverent on-stage persona and wild hair. Esparza is also in the 7th season of "Last Comic Standing," and appearing on the new Comedy Central series, "Russell Simmons Presents: Stand-Up at the El Rey."

He just completed production on two films this year, "The Deported," starring Nick Turturro, Talia Shire and Paul Rodriguez and "I'm Not Like that No More," based on Felipe's stand-up material and starring Felipe and Paul Rodriguez as father and son. The Majestic Star performances are at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday on Level 3 of the Majestic Star Casino II. FYI: (888) 225-8259 or Tickets are $15. And since the shows are in the casino, all guests must be 21 and older with ID.

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