The Matt Zarley-starring film hopefulROMANTIC had its L.A. debut this weekend, including an appearance from co-star George Takei.
Pictures in the gallery.
Zarley says of the film:
“When I first started writing the music for this, I was deeply in love. The original plan was to write a simple little EP of love songs. I was so happy and I wanted everyone to know it. A few weeks into the process, my relationship ended abruptly without warning. I was devastated. It was hard for me to access a lot of positive loving feelings at the time. Out of that temporary writer's block, I wrote 'Constantly'. As I was finishing that song, I began to rethink my project. What was originally gonna be a 5 song EP of love songs suddenly took a turn. I had decided to construct a narrative...a journey with music being the guide. Having had an extensive background in Broadway and musical theatre, it seemed natural to finally merge my two worlds together. Much of what I was writing about was also what I was experiencing in real life. Thru this creative journey, I began to heal myself. In the end, my faith and belief that there's someone out there for all of us was restored. Holding onto the eternal cliche that 'everything happens for a reason' couldn't hold more truth for me now. I'm convinced that had I not loved as deeply as I did and had I not been so devastated, this project surely wouldn't have happened. For that, I'm thankful for my once broken heart.”