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Netflix Acquires Documentary ‘THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON’

June 2, 2017


Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to David France’s THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON, about the murder of a transgender legend known as “The Rosa Parks of the LBGT movement.”  The film marks the follow-up to France’s Academy Award nominated How to Survive a Plague. This new documentary will be released later this year.

Johnson was self-described “street queen” of NYC’s gay ghetto. She was found floating in the Hudson River in 1992 and the NYPD deemed it a suicide and did not investigate, a controversial decision that has haunted the community. Having played a pivotal role in the Stonewall Riots in 1969, Marsha and fellow icon Sylvia Rivera went on to form the world’s first trans-rights organization, STAR (Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries) in 1970. And despite their many challenges over the years– harassment, homelessness, alcoholism– Marsha and Sylvia ignited a powerful and lasting civil rights movement for gender noncomforming people.

From Public Square Films, the documentary follows crime-victim advocate Victoria Cruz as she examines what happened to Marsha. Joy A. Tomchin and Sara Ramirez executive produce, with L.A Teodosio producing.

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