Thu. Jul 29th, 2021

James Pickering and Mackenzie O'Brien in "Valentine" // Courtesy of Taylor Sears

How you can help make short film ‘Valentine’

If you’ve watched the trailer for the short film “Valentine,” you might recognize some familiar faces from the local music scene in it.

If you’ve watched the trailer for the short film “Valentine,” you might recognize some familiar faces from the local music scene in it.

Co-written by Schaumburg’s Arnley Sena (formerly of Capture the Crown) and Glory Days’ guitarist CJ Jarmuth of Wauconda, the film tells the story of up-and-coming musician Alex (James Pickering of Glory Days) and his relationship with Sara (country artist Mackenzie O’Brien), a woman he meets online. As the two reconnect in person years later, he is faced with figuring out his future, balancing his dream life as a touring artist and the woman he loves.

Jarmuth also stars in the film along with Vince Gannon of Glory Days, Connor Rennels of Erabella and Steven Schmitz of Sora Kai.

“With this ‘Valentine’ story, this is something I’ve been wanting to do for at least three to four years now. The story is actually based off of a real life experience I went through,” Sena said. “I know there are a lot of musicians that can relate to this story, especially if they’ve ever had to deal with touring while being in a relationship.”

Sena, Jarmuth and the SLPWLKR production company launched an IndieGogo campaign that runs through next Friday to crowdfund the finished product, which they anticipate releasing later this summer. Find more at Facebook.com/Valentinethemovie.


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