Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson: David France’s Docu Acquired by Netflix

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

The docu offers 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 Ocar 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.

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 screens at the upcoming Outfest in Los Angeles.