VisionaireWorld Covers Tribeca Film Festival 2017: The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
Who killed Marsha P. Johnson? When the beloved, self-described “street queen” of NYC’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, many have always questioned this. 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. Now, a quarter century later, at a time of unprecedented visibility and escalating violence in the transgender community, Marsha’s old friend and fellow activist Victoria Cruz has taken it upon herself to reexamine what happened to Marsha. Making its world premiere in the Documentary Competition section at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson follows as this champion, Victoria, pursues leads, mobilizes officials, and works to tell the story of Marsha’s life — as well as to get to the bottom of Marsha’s death. In Academy Award® nominated director David France’s (How to Survive a Plague) new film – an important and under-appreciated unsolved mystery is given a proper and deserved second look.