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Netflix and FilmRise acquire films about transgender community

Netflix has acquired global rights to director David France’s The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson. Johnson, a prominent LGBT activist, played a pivotal role in the Stonewall Riots of ...
June 6, 2017

Netflix has acquired global rights to director David France’s The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson.

Johnson, a prominent LGBT activist, played a pivotal role in the Stonewall Riots of 1969. She and fellow icon Sylvia Rivera formed the world’s first trans-rights organization, STAR (Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries) in 1970.

When Johnson was found floating in the Hudson River in 1992, the NYPD refused to investigate. They chalked it up to suicide — a widely dismissed conclusion — and left the mystery to fester for decades.

Now, 25 years after her death, veteran crime-victim advocate Victoria Cruz reexamines what happened to Johnson and measures the challenges that still face the community. The film follows Cruz, who pursues leads, mobilizes officials and raises new questions about the famous cold case.

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, with Joy A. Tomchin and Sara Ramirez serving as executive producers and L.A. Teodosio producing.

The film will launch globally on Netflix later this year.

Elsewhere, Brooklyn-based film and TV distributor FilmRise has acquired exclusive worldwide distribution rights to Julie Sokolow‘s documentary Woman On Fire.

Woman On Fire tells the story of Brooke Guinan, New York City’s first openly transgender firefighter. The film captures Guinan’s transition and her struggle for acceptance in a male-dominated profession.

To coincide with Pride Month, the doc will screen to the public June 5th at BAM Rose Cinemas, in partnership with Brooklyn Pride, Inc.

Woman On Fire was produced by Danny Yourd and executive produced by Michael Killen, Kathy Dziubek, and Jim Kreitzburg of the film’s production company, Animal Inc.

The deal was negotiated between FilmRise’s Faye Tsakas, manager of acquisitions, and Max Einhorn, VP acquisitions, with Abby Davis and Kevin Iwashina of Preferred Content.

 

 

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Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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