The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

2017 105 min

A life that launched a revolution, a death that remains a mystery


Describing herself as a ‘street queen,’ Johnson was a legendary fixture in New York City’s gay ghetto and a tireless voice for LGBT pride since the days of Stonewall, who along with fellow trans icon Sylvia Rivera, founded Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.), a trans activist group based in the heart of NYC’s Greenwich Village. Her death in 1992 was declared a suicide by the NYPD, but friends never accepted that version of events. Structured as a whodunit, with activist Victoria Cruz cast as detective and audience surrogate, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson celebrates the lasting political legacy of Johnson, while seeking to finally solve the mystery of her unexplained death.

Crew & Casts

Marsha P. Johnson

Herself (archive footage)

Sylvia Rivera

Herself (archive footage)

Taylor Mead

Himself (archive footage)

Pat Bumgardner

Herself (archive footage)

Vito Russo

Himself (archive footage)


James O'Donnell

Production Design




Bryce Dessner

Original Music Composer



Adam Uhl

Director of Photography

Tom Bergmann

Director of Photography


Andrew Tobias

Associate Producer
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