THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON
Academy Award® Nominated Director David France’s Powerful Look at the Legendary Trans activist.
Launches on October 6th
“Superb. Derives emotional power from its formal beauty. A portrait of the rough road that so many trans people have been forced to travel, as well as a possible blueprint for a more triumphant way forward.” – Nick Schager, Variety
“A fascinating detective story….suspenseful for the way it recollects the past through the prism of a murder mystery, brilliantly fusing an archival history with the elements of a detective story. “They’re yelling out from their graves for justice,” one person tells Cruz, but France’s movie represents a powerful step towards hearing them out. By communing with a troubled past, “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson” shows just how much it lives with us today.” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire
“Masterfully weaves together past and present, not only telling the story we’ve come to see, but the larger one besides.” – Jason Bailey, Flavorwire
Netflix is proud to announce that it will be launching THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON by director David France (Academy Award-nominee, How To Survive A Plague) on October 6. The film is a haunting look at the mystery surrounding the death of the legendary New York “street queen,” and at the people in the community who she touched, primarily amongst them legend-in-her-own right Sylvia Rivera. The film will open in theaters in New York and Los Angeles.
Who killed Marsha P Johnson? When the beloved, self-described “street queen” of NY’s gay ghetto was found floating in the Hudson River in 1992, the NYPD chalked it up as a suicide and refused to investigate. However, as shown in Academy Award® nominated director David France’s (How to Survive A Plague) new documentary, many have always questioned this. Having played a pivotal role in the previous year’s Stonewall Riots, in 1970, Johnson and fellow trans icon Sylvia Rivera formed the world’s first trans-rights organization, STAR (Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries). And despite their many challenges over the years – homelessness, illness, alcoholism – Marsha and Sylvia ignited a powerful and lasting civil rights movement for gender nonconforming people. Now, a quarter century later, at a time of unprecedented visibility and escalating violence in the transgender community, Marsha’s old friend and fellow activist Victoria Cruz has taken it upon herself to reexamine what happened to Marsha. THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON follows as this champion pursues leads, mobilizes officials, and works to tell the story of Marsha’s life, and get to the bottom of Marsha’s death.