Netflix Buys Documentary ‘The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson’

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to David France’s documentary “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The documentary is a look at the 1992 murder of a transgender legend, known as “the Rosa Parks of the LGBT movement.” The film is France’s follow-up to his Academy Award-nominated “How to Survive a Plague.”

“The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson” is presented by Public Square Films. L.A. Teodosio produced and Joy A. Tomchin and Sara Ramirez (“Grey’s Anatomy”) served as executive producers. The film will launch globally on Netflix later this year.

Marsha P. Johnson was found floating in the Hudson River in 1992 and the NYDP initially ruled Johnson’s death as a suicide. The film follows crime-victim advocate Victoria Cruz’s efforts to reexamine what happened and measure the challenges that still face the community.

Johnson played a pivotal role in the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and joined with Sylvia Rivera to form the world’s first trans-rights organization, STAR (Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries) in 1970.

Nick Schager gave the film a strong review for Variety: “In her story, ‘The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson’ presents a portrait of the rough road that so many trans people have been forced to travel, as well as a possible blueprint for a more triumphant way forward.”

“Almost single-handedly, Marsha P. Johnson and her best friend Sylvia Rivera touched off a revolution in the way we talk about gender today,” said France. “Their names should be household words. But Marsha’s life was cut tragically short and Sylvia died shortly thereafter, the victim of a broken heart. Getting to know their story through the investigation undertaken by Victoria Cruz, a seminal activist in her own right, has been one of the great honors of my career. Now, with Netflix as our distribution partner, I am confident the legacy of these tremendous women will never be forgotten.”

The film will be screened at the upcoming Outfest in Los Angeles. Submarine negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.

More Film

  • Korea Box Office: 'Believer' Wins as

    Korea Box Office: 'Believer' Wins as ‘Solo’ Opens Fourth

    Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to David France’s documentary “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary is a look at the 1992 murder of a transgender legend, known as “the Rosa Parks of the LGBT movement.” The film is France’s follow-up to his Academy Award-nominated […]

  • Andrei Cretulescu Finds New Romanian Rhythm

    Andrei Cretulescu Finds New Romanian Rhythm in 'Charleston’

    Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to David France’s documentary “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary is a look at the 1992 murder of a transgender legend, known as “the Rosa Parks of the LGBT movement.” The film is France’s follow-up to his Academy Award-nominated […]

  • China Box Office: 'Solo' Opens Third

    China Box Office: 'Solo' Opens Third Behind 'How Long' and 'Avengers'

    Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to David France’s documentary “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary is a look at the 1992 murder of a transgender legend, known as “the Rosa Parks of the LGBT movement.” The film is France’s follow-up to his Academy Award-nominated […]

  • Solo A Star Wars Story

    'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Stumbles Overseas With $65 Million Launch

    Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to David France’s documentary “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary is a look at the 1992 murder of a transgender legend, known as “the Rosa Parks of the LGBT movement.” The film is France’s follow-up to his Academy Award-nominated […]

  • 'Solo': What That Surprise Cameo Means

    'Solo': What a 'Character Too Secret to Ever Name' Means for the 'Star Wars' Spinoff

    Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to David France’s documentary “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary is a look at the 1992 murder of a transgender legend, known as “the Rosa Parks of the LGBT movement.” The film is France’s follow-up to his Academy Award-nominated […]

  • Solo A Star Wars Story

    Box Office: 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Looks to Edge Past $100 Million For Holiday Weekend

    Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to David France’s documentary “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary is a look at the 1992 murder of a transgender legend, known as “the Rosa Parks of the LGBT movement.” The film is France’s follow-up to his Academy Award-nominated […]

  • Rebel Wilson and Taye Diggs

    Concert Review: 'Beauty and the Beast' Gets Adoring Tribute at Hollywood Bowl

    Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to David France’s documentary “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary is a look at the 1992 murder of a transgender legend, known as “the Rosa Parks of the LGBT movement.” The film is France’s follow-up to his Academy Award-nominated […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content