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The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

Producers L.A. Teodosio, Kimberley Reed, David France, Joy A. Tomchin


Marsha P. Johnson, the legendary “drag queen,” Stonewall veteran, and co-founder of the trans-rights movement, was found dead in the Hudson River 24 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.

About The Team

David France (Director) is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker and award-winning investigative journalist. His Peabody Award-winning directorial debut How to Survive a Plague was also nominated for multiple Emmys and a DGA award.

L.A. Teodosio (Producer) is a New York based film producer/investor, technologist and software entrepreneur. She is the producer of Ira Sachs’ film Little Men which premiered at Sundance in 2016 and was acquired by Magnolia Pictures.

Kimberly Reed (Producer),  the country’s leading transgender documentary filmmaker, produced and directed the landmark Prodigal Sons. The film garnered 14 Audience and Jury awards and landed on numerous “Best of the Year” lists after a successful theatrical run.

Joy A. Tomchin’s (Executive Producer) first film, How to Survive a Plague, was nominated for an Oscar, an Independent Spirit, and a Director’s Guild Award, and won a Gotham Award for Best Documentary.

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson is a Cinereach grantee.