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Hopeful Romantic (2015)

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


Benjamin Pollack


Matt Zarley (story), Matt Zarley | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Matt Zarley ... The Romantic
George Takei ... The Mentor
Chuck Saculla ... The Boyfriend
Jolie Jenkins ... The Best Friend
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph Arellano Joseph Arellano ... The Other Man
Trevor Eyster ... Patron
Kristen Howe ... Kristen
Erin Stoddard ... 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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Truly amazing.....
29 October 2015 | by MartinHaferSee 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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Release Date:

14 February 2015 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA


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$50,000 (estimated)
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