First Trailer for Netflix's 'The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson' Doc

September 12, 2017
Source: YouTube

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

"Don't play detective yourself…" Netflix has debuted an official trailer for a documentary titled The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, the latest film from the director of the Academy Award-nominated How to Survive a Plague. David France's new doc is about a civil rights activist named Marsha P. Johnson. She was found dead in the Hudson River in 1992, though there was no investigation because the NYPD ruled it a suicide. Johnson was the "beloved, self-described 'street queen' of NY's gay ghetto" who fought for many great human rights changes back in the 1970s. The doc re-examines her death and dives deeper into what might've happened, spending time with Marsha's old friend and fellow activist Victoria Cruz. After being blown away by How to Survive a Plague, I'll watch anything by David France. This looks very compelling.

The trailer (+ poster) for David France's doc The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, on YouTube:

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson Poster

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 and journalist David France's new film, it's a decision many questioned. 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. The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson is directed by filmmaker / journalist David France, of How to Survive a Plague previously. This first premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Netflix will release the doc in both select theaters + streaming starting October 6th.

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I never understood hurting people just because they are different. I guess, stories like this is needed ...

shiboleth on Sep 12, 2017


"They" act as a foil. Exposing one's inner conflict and self-hate.

DAVIDPD on Sep 12, 2017


When explained like that, those things are understood. Some explanations, reasonable ones, can be always offered. But still ...

shiboleth on Sep 13, 2017


True crime is so hot right now.

DAVIDPD on Sep 12, 2017

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