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Hopeful Romantic (2015)

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One man's emotional journey through love, heartbreak, and healing.



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Credited cast:
... The Romantic
... The Mentor
Chuck Saculla ... The Boyfriend
... The Best Friend
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph Arellano ... The Other Man
... Patron
... Kristen
... Erin


"hopefulROMANTIC" is an original musical film about one man's emotional journey through love, heartbreak, and healing. It's a universal story about loving, letting go, and holding onto faith that there's somebody for everybody. It may sound like a somewhat familiar story....but what makes "hopefulROMANTIC" unique, is the way in which it is told. The nearly dialogue-free narrative is articulated solely through Matt Zarley and Andy Zulla's soulful pop score. Is it a music video? Not really. Is it a musical? Sort of. "hopefulROMANTIC" is best described simply as a love story....with music as its guide. Matt Zarley (The Romantic) co-stars with Chuck Saculla (The Boyfriend) , Jolie Jenkins (The Best Friend), and social media/pop culture icon, Star Trek's George Takei (The Mentor). Written by Matt Zarley

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The journey was worth the fall.


Short | Musical | Romance



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14 February 2015 (USA)  »

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$50,000 (estimated)
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Written by Matt Zarley & Andy Zulla
Performed by Matt Zarley
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Truly amazing.....
29 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

This is the story about the break-up of a long-term relationship. This comes as a surprise to one of them, as he had been completely happy and completely in love. Following this, he becomes very depressed. Ultimately, however, he obtains a life coach (George Takei) and slowly works towards accepting this loss and getting on with his life. And then,...the unexpected occurs.

"Hopeful Romantic" is a non-conventional film in many, many ways. There is no dialog in the short--just singing. And, in many ways the short plays a lot like a story and a music video merged into one. While this is unusual what is really unusual is that the story is also a romance....a gay romance. While this might turn off some viewers, I was shocked how much I loved the film. I'm sure I'm not gay but whether you are or aren't doesn't seem to matter in the least. It is amazing from start to finish for a variety of reasons. The leading man, Matt Zarley, is simply amazing. He has a fantastic voice--one you certainly cannot help but admire. As he sings throughout the entire short and he has a gorgeous voice, the film already has a huge plus going for it. Zarley also, incidentally, wrote the story. Additionally, Benjamin Pollack's direction is impeccable....and the montages, acting and music all work perfectly together...perfectly. Overall, it's a film that can't help but touch you and I found my eyes tearing up again and again through this uplifting and very romantic film. A truly wonderful short film.

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