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

June 2, 2017

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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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