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A Transgender Woman Searches for Acceptance from a Stranger and Herself in ‘Diane from the Moon’

A Transgender Woman Searches for Acceptance from a Stranger and Herself in 'Diane from the Moon'

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Diane from the Moon

Logline: Diane, a transgender pagan priestess is in the midst of battling her own demons when Tex, an enigmatic sociopath starts to stalk her.

Elevator Pitch: 
Diane, played by Mya Taylor, is a transgender pagan priestess, living in the aftermath of a hurtful breakup. As she struggles with self-acceptance, alcoholism, and recovering from her separation, Tex a mysterious stalker confronts her. He is quick to assert that Diane is “not a real woman,” preventing her from focusing on her actual issues.

As with any person, the path to self-acceptance is full of little victories and intense losses. This story depicts a battle between a confident woman and her fears, a battle that is not won in a single moment, but through a sustained effort each day. 

Production Team:
Leading Lady: Mya Taylor (“Tangerine,” “Happy Birthday Marsha”)
Executive Producer Shelbe Chang (“LGBT Love Stories”)
Co-Executive Producer: Joel Soler (“Uncle Saddam,” “Dynasty of Terror,” “Uncle Hitler”)
Directors: Hanna Ladoul and Marco La Via (“Le Populisme au Féminin”)
Producer: Jessica Maroney (“Ruin Me,” “Breaking Bread with Brooke Burke”)
Associate Producer: Thomi Clinton (nationally recognized transgender advocate, Lambda Legal’s Trans100 of 2015)

About the Film:
We lived with our friend Raven in the midst of her transition. She is the inspiration of the film. She assisted us with writing, revealing some of the horrors transgender women face, including harassment, violence, and stalkers. The story addresses these external threats and the internal processing in one’s struggle to live an authentic life.

Our goal is to increase transgender visibility through a compelling short film. Ultimately, we will use this short to garner the attention and accolades necessary to make “Diane” into a feature. 

Current Status: We are currently fundraising for the film but are moving forward to shoot in December! Please support us! Every little bit helps!

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