One of at least 2 different films on the self-described “street queen” that are on the horizon, director David France’s “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson” is set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival which kicked off this week, April 19 – 30, in New York City.
The legendary “drag queen,” Stonewall veteran, and co-founder of the trans-rights movement, was found dead in the Hudson River 25 years ago, and her best friend and fellow activist Sylvia Rivera died a few years later, the victim of a broken heart. Now, as decades-old interviews and never-before-seen video footage have surfaced, contemporary trans activists dig through the clues in search of justice for Marsha and Sylvia, and along the way they discover a deeper connection to the movement’s first leaders.
“The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson” features never-before-seen footage and rediscovered interviews, as Academy Award nominee David France (“How to Survive a Plague”) follows a new investigation into the mysterious death of Johnson, one of the courageous black transgender activists who spearheaded the modern gay civil rights movement.
“The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson” makes its world premiere tonight at the Tribeca Film Festival, and will screen 3 additional times over the next 8 days. Visit TFF’s website for more info.
A first clip from the documentary has been released and is embedded below: