TransTale Documentary "Maria&Jason Luv Story"

TransTALE docu-love-story 

Short Summary


TransTALE is a docu-love-story that will follow Transgender Activist Maria Roman and Her  fiancé Jason Taylorson as they begin their journey to Become the first Trans/Cis Couple to Wed at the historic St John's Cathedral  in its over 100 year history in Los Angeles, California in March of 2019.

Maria and Jason will share their journey to finding love against societal bias standards that continue to shame Cis/Hetero/Men who are attracted and in love with Trans women.


TransTALE will follow the most inner moments of Maria and Jason who have defied all odds in their journey to love. Maria and Jason's  goal is that their story will inspire other individuals within the Trans spectrum to follow their hearts, spirits and be guided by the resiliency of living authentically. 

Maria Roman has been a fierce Puerto Rican Transgender activist for the past 20 years, Maria hopes that she can contribute to the landscaping of stories that represent Trans people in her their own terms. Maria today serves as the Chair of the TransLatin@ Coalition and works as a housing specialist at APAIT, providing housing services to people living with HIV/AIDS and critical services for Trans People in Los Angeles.

 LGBT Marriage equality was a very contested issue within the LGBT community for many years, however Trans People have often been not included in discussion, stories nor depicted regarding marriage equality and reproductive justice.  This no longer can be the status-quo.  TransTALE will showcase the Romance between a Trans Woman and a Cis/Hetero/Male, and aims to shed light on the creativity and diversity of Trans people through all the amazing talents who will be supporting Maria's and Jason's Fairytale Wedding, from wedding coordinator, florist, DJ, photographers, musicians all whom are from Tran.

TransTale will also highlight the journeys and sentiments about love and marriage of Maria's Trans chosen family through the lens of Brides maids, including Legendary Activist Bamby Salcedo  Maria's best friend and Maid Of Honor and Maria's flower girl, Zoe Luna, 16 year old trans girl featured in HBO Quinceanera among other key stake holders.

As so many men across the US continue to be shamed for being attracted to Trans Woman, Jason's Journey as a Cis/Hetero/ Man in Love with a trans woman would further support the normalizing of  openly loving  trans woman as he shares this day with some of his closest Cis/Hetero/Male friends and their spouses.

Over 200 Trans/Cis/GNC Community Members will witness and celebrate along with Maria and Jason as they mark in this historic marriage at St John's Cathedral in  "Trump's America" in March 2019!
 TransTALE will uplift and highlight the experience of a Trans woman who has survived the streets, homelessness and has become a voice stress voice for equality. 

As Trans Woman continue to face violence, discrimination in our society simply for being who they are.  Around the world, thousands of  Trans people are struggling every day for their space, dignity and respect in this society. These are their realities that people like Maria's go through in their everyday life. 

 TransTALE will shed light in the resiliency, diversity, drive and humanity of Trans women through the experience of sisterhood love and community in one of the most symbolic days of Maria's life.  

We live in a world that needs education and awareness about the real lives and journeys of Trans people however this has to be a collective efforts to promote understanding, and trans people cannot do it alone, we need your support. TransTALE can only be possible if you are willing to contribute and invest in telling accurate portrayal of experiences of trans people and who they love and form part of their family. Please help to contribute to change the lens trans people are seen through. Your contribution will be a step towards opening the minds of people within society together we can change the world. #wewillnotbeerased

The Impact

Although the Trans community continue to make great strides towards equality,  The Trump administration continues to put policies in place to virtually erased Trans people out of existence; however Trans people will not be erased. We continue to see stories that do not show a well balanced view of the realities and journeys of trans people. Most of trans stories do not show trans people as romantic partners nor as members of loving families. We aim to show a side of Trans women that has not been shown in the media through a new lens of love, not only as a romantic love story but as the Daughter, sister, mother, friend and wife to be. Showing tolerance and diversity at the height of integration will stimulate cross-cultural discussion on improving both the public educational and society on how we view trans people in the world.


Sanora Bartels

is the Faculty Chair of the Documentary Department at New York Film Academy – Los Angeles Campus.  She has over 15 years of documentary feature, television and commercial projects under her belt.  Her feature documentaries include Michael & Me; Taking the Hill: A Warrior’s Journey, a documentary about PTSD; and Greedy, Lying Bastards, executive produced by Daryl Hannah, for which she travelled all over the world as the Field Producer/Field Director. Sanora also worked as an Assistant Director on several projects including reality television shows for Discovery and NatGeo.  She holds a Master of Professional Writing degree from University of Southern California.  At USC, she studied screenplay under Syd Field, the author of Screenplay, the industry’s bible on screenwriting. Her screenplay, Straying Home, was a semi-finalist in NexTV Writing and Pitch competition; and Comet Line, co-written with Carl Bartels, was a quarter-finalist in the 2018 PAGE Awards.  She currently teaches screenwriting and documentary writing and producing at New York Film Academy, Los Angeles and continues to produce and direct.


Carl Bartels

Carl Bartels is a Cinematographer with over 25 years of experience on an international level having worked on feature documentaries, narrative films (including all three movies in the Taken franchise), commercials and music videos. His documentaries include Dark Girls, an Image Award nominee and Greedy, Lying Bastards, executive produced by Daryl Hannah.  He has shot and directed several reality crime-themed shows for television and VOD. He has in-depth experience using 16/35 mm film cameras (Panavision, ARRI) as well as all current digital cameras from Red, Alexa, Sony F55 to DSLR cameras. Prior to becoming a cinematographer, he worked as a Sports Photographer for Spalding, shooting on the east coast – his credited photos include: New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, World Cup Tennis, PGA & the Boston Marathon. He currently teaches at New York Film Academy, Los Angeles and continues to shoot and direct


What We Need & What You Get

As you  know, making a movie is nearly impossible without funding. To make the story of TransTALE come to life, we need to raise 10,000.00 . 

The money we raise will be going to two parts of the production: pre-production, production, that includes  equipment, art direction, set operations, electrical riggers, camera operations, production sound, locations, production  and much more. 

I believe that TransTale Docu-love-story will  positively impact thousands of people and be a force for change.

with your support we will make the goal, but if we don't, we will continue to fundraise to make this true love story a reality.

Every Donation counts and we appreciate them all no matter how big or how small.  We hope you will contribute.  We have some great incentives to offer, make your voice count.

We’re grateful for every cent put forward and are looking forward to expressing that gratitude through these incentives and more!

Our goal is to debut the film at the LGBT Film Festivals. If you fund the project, we intend to start pre-production right away,  and finish the film in time to submit it to the festival by 2020. 


TranTale Documentary Magnet


DVD of Final Film

If you would like to have a copy of TransTale film pledge $99.00

Items included:

DVD with special features


Private screening of Transtale

If you would like to be the first one to privately watch a screening of Georgia you can pledge $350.00

Items included:

Private screening of TransTale


 Maria's Rehersal Dress

If you would like to own Maria's Custom Pantsuit By aclaimed Designer

Items included:

white jumpsuit worned by Maria Roman to her Rehersal Dinner


 Your name in the credits

By you pledging, $800 you would have your name in the credit list of the film.

Credit in the film


 Custom made dress by designer Tony Iniquez worn by Maria.

If you pledge $950.00 you will receive One of Maria Roman favorite sequin gold dress work and a red carpet event.

Estimated delivery

May 2019



Invitation to attend the taping of  Maria and Jason TransTale Wedding in March in Los Angeles CA March of 2019.

If you would like to be an special guest of the couple pledge $ 1,000.00


Associate Producer

If you would like to be an Associate Producer you can pledge $5,000.00

Items included:

Associate Producer




If you would like to be a co-producer you can pledge $15,000.00

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Executive Producer

If you would like be an Executive Director you could pledge $10.000.00

Items included:

Executive Producer

Donations (0)

  • Christi Styles 
    • $15 
    • 5 mos
  • Mira Hamour 
    • $150 
    • 6 mos
  • Patricio Manuel 
    • $50 
    • 6 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $250 
    • 6 mos
  • Matthew Ramos 
    • $40 
    • 6 mos

Fundraising team (2) 

Maria Roman 
Raised $780 from 12 donations
Los Angeles, CA
Jason Taylorson 
Team member
This team raised $1,885 from 31 other donations.
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