OFFBEAT: Young filmmaker has an 'Eye,' VU prof ready for 'Jeopardy'

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column
2013-10-11T00:00:00Z OFFBEAT: Young filmmaker has an 'Eye,' VU prof ready for 'Jeopardy'By Philip Potempa, (219) 852-4327

Anthony Garcia, a young filmmaker from Highland and 2010 Highland High School graduate, is bursting with pride about his new independent short film he wrote and directed, and showing this month at the Hobart Art Theater.

It's called "Eye to Eye" and he tells me he's made it a mission to make a film that will give audiences "a fresh and new look on independent films, while setting out to come up with the strangest characters possible in order to make the film truly unique."

Actor Bill Celorio plays the lead Marvin, and Lucky Townley, a familiar name from Cannes Film Festival for a film titled "Reflections," plays Officer Watson.

The film is about Marvin, who has spent life only seeing "half the world." Born with only one eye, Marvin's reality is seen only through his one good eye, while an eye patch covers his other facial focal point. He meets with an suspicious "back alley" physician Dr. Schemk, played by Steve Broumas, who promises Marvin he can do a transplant procedure under one condition: He must be the one to find a real human eye for the donation. Officer Watson, who is struggling with a loss of his father, is keeping his own "close eye" on Marvin, who Watson once bullied, while the two were in high school.

The film also features Antinko Z. Waddell from the film "Fred Claus" staring Vince Vaughn. Pablo Buentello, from Garcia's previous short film "Jump," is also in "Eye to Eye," as are Brady Kimmel and Griffin Rhyne.

"Eye to Eye," which runs 32 minutes, unveils for audiences at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Hobart Art Theater. Admission is $4. I'm told the first 20 people who attend wearing an eye patch will get a free "Eye to Eye" T-shirt.

The "Eye to Eye" Facebook page is:

Form of question?

A decade ago, when I used to do regular morning entertainment and interview radio segments for Indiana 105, I recall award-winning news personality Laura Waluszko was a fan of game show claim-to-fame Ken Jennings, the all-time big winner on "Jeopardy!"

Now, I can recommend someone new, and also a familiar face to "Jeopardy!" fans, for Laura to cheer for, besides "Answer Man" Jennings.

The public had now until 8:59 a.m. CST on Monday to cast votes for contestants to participate in an upcoming "Jeopardy!" tournament.

Melizza Zygmunt, of Valparaiso, assistant director of institutional research at Valparaiso University, is a four-time "Jeopardy!" Champion from 1998, and she participated in the Tournament of Champions in 1999.

Jeopardy has just announced this new "Battle of the Decades Tournament" launch, which will pit 15 top "Jeopardy!" contestants, from each of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s decades, all against one another for big money. Each decade will have its own tournament with 15 contestants producing one winner. Then, the three winners will face each other in a final round for the title.

But, as Melizza's hubby, Dr. Stan Zygmunt, Valparaiso professor of physics and department chair, phrases it, there is an "interesting wrinkle" to all of this.

While the "Jeopardy!" producers have already selected 14 of the 15 contestants for each decade, they have also chosen five additional people for a "Fan Favorite" online voting contest to select the final one of the 15 contestants.

And here's where our own Melizza Zygmunt has made the cut as one of the finalist to vote for for the decade of the 1990s.

There are three ways to vote for Melizza:

1. The "Jeopardy!" web site:

2. The "Jeopardy!" Facebook page:

3. Tweeting a message containing: Melizza #JeopardyVote (with a space in front of the hashtag)

Rules permit one vote using each method per IP address per day from Oct. 7-14.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at or (219) 852-4327.

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