Marsha P. Johnson: Mya Taylor (Tangerine)
Sylvia Rivera: Eve Lindley (All We Had, Mr. Robot)
Junior: Cyrus Grace Dunham (GIRLS, Tiny Furniture)
with appearances by
Cherno Biko, Rios O'Leary-Tagiuri,
Stefanie Rivera, Gabriel Foster, Miss Egyptt, Jimmy Camicia, Jay Toole, Kate Bornstein and more.
Tourmaline (Writer, Director, Producer) is a black trans woman who has been archiving and spotlighting the lives of Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P Johnson throughout her work including membership director of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and as an artist and writer. While writing the script Reina drew from her relationships and interviews with those who knew Sylvia and Marsha best. Reina’s writing has been featured in Barnard College’s The Scholar & Feminist Online, Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment & The Prison Industrial Complex, Post Post Script Press and Randy Magazine. Reina blogs at reinagossett.com.
Sasha Wortzel (Writer, Director, Producer) Sasha Wortzel is an artist and filmmaker working primarily in time-based media. Sasha has recently presented work at the New Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Berlinale, DOC NYC, Outfest, UnionDocs, Tribeca Interactive, Leslie Lohman Museum, A.I.R. Gallery, and Cooper Gallery. Her work has been supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Art Matters, the Astraea Foundation’s Global Arts Fund and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). She was a 2012-2013 fellow of filmmaker Ira Sach's Queer/Art/Mentorship and a 2016-2017 participant in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace program. Her work has been featured by the New York Times, New York Magazine, Artforum, Art in America, and The Nation. Sasha received her MFA from Hunter College. Learn more here.
Matthew Shields (Producer) is an independent producer and founder of the production company Zeit Films, which focuses on empowering underrepresented voices in the film community. He is the Co-Producer of Caliban Pictures’ inaugural feature The Secret Life of Me (2016) and has produced and executive produced several shorts including Frances Bodomo’s Afronauts (2014) which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has gone on to screen at the 2014 Berlinale, AFI Fest, and New Directors/ New Films. Matthew received a B.A. from Columbia University where he studied modern visual culture and was the recipient of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, the John W. Kluge Scholarship and the German Consular Book Award.
Aleksei Wagner (Producer)
Zackary Drucker (Consulting Producer) is an independent artist, cultural producer, and trans woman, who breaks down the way we think about gender, sexuality and seeing. She has performed and exhibited her work internationally in museums, galleries, and film festivals including the Whitney Biennial 2014, MOMA PS1, Hammer Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, among others. She is a producer on the Golden Globe winning TV show Transparent. She is a Taurus and lives in LA.
Stephen Winter ( (Consulting Producer) is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and artist whose new series Adventures in New America, an afrofuturistic polyglot sci-fi radio political satire premieres Spring 2018 on the Night Vale Network. His 2015 feature film Jason and Shirley was called “one of the year’s finest” by Richard Brody in The New Yorker. Stephen has taught revolutionary cinema at Cornell University, Pratt University, Brooklyn College and Williams College. MFA at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, BFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago and certification at the African-American owned-and-operated Community Film Workshop of Chicago.
Arthur Jafa (Cinematographer) is an artist, filmmaker, and cinematographer. He is the director of Slowly This (1995), Tree (1999), and Deshotten 1.0 (2009). His cinematographic work includes Daughters of the Dust (1991), for which he won the cinematography award at Sundance Film Festival in 1992; John Akomfrah’s Seven Songs for Malcolm X (1993); and Crooklyn (1994), directed by Spike Lee. His writing on black cultural politics has appeared in various publications such as Black Popular Culture and Everything But the Burden. His work is also included in the Whitney Museum of American Art's permanent collection.
Gigi Rose Gray (Production Designer) is an illustrator, fine artist, and production deisgner. Her work can be seen at www.gigirosegray.com. Follow her on instagram and twitter at @gigirosegray.
Kaitlyn Darby (Art Director) is a freelance set designer, visual artist, and works in the art department on film & tv productions in New York City and Los Angeles. More of her work at www.kaitlyndarby.com
Melissa Vargas (Costume Designer) is a New York based costume designer, stylist, seamstress. Learn more about Melissa's work at www.melissa-vargas.com
Malcolm Cuthbert (Hair Designer) was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He received his cosmetology license from Carsten Institute in New York city and trained under greats such as Jimmy Paul, Guido Palau and Lena Ott. He has participated in New York and Paris fashion weeks and Vogue magazine. He currently works at Suite Caroline salon in SoHo, NYC.
Hedia Maron (Editor) is a director and editor. Her directorial work has shown at Documenta, Berlin International Film Festival, SXSW, Outfest, as well as in venues such as New Museum, Anthology Film Archives, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Queens Museum. Her editorial work has been seen on national television and at festivals internationally. Maron received a BFA in Film/Video from California Institute of the Arts and an MFA in Film from Columbia University. She is currently (still) in production on her first feature film, Before Us (beforeusfilm.com), a documentary about her strange and beautiful family. She is honored to have the opportunity to help tell the story of the one and only Marsha P. Johnson.
Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli (Finishing Editor and Colorist) is a director, editor, colorist, and critic living in Brooklyn. Their debut feature film film Empathy, premiered at FID Marseille in 2016, and was awarded the Prix du CNAP, going on to screenings around the world including BAFICI, Jihlava IDFF, and the Art of the Real at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Along with Happy Birthday, Marsha!, they recently edited Pelle[a]s by Josephine Meckseper, along with two features, Le Chant de la Nuit and Bx46, for the French duo Jeremie Brugidou and Fabien Clouette. Their writing has been published at Brooklyn Magazine, the Brooklyn Rail, Tiny Mix Tapes, and the L Magzine, among others. Their next feature film, So Pretty, is currently in pre-production with France's Les Films du Bal and New York's 100 Year Films.
Geo Wyeth (Composer) is a musician and artist, currently working with music, performance, installation, and video. Presented at LA MOCA, The New Museum, MoMA PS1, New York Live Arts, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Boston ICA, Kate Werble Gallery, La MaMa Theatre, Human Resources, The Pyramid Club, and Joe's Pub. They are currently in residence at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten for the years 2015/2016 in Amsterdam and a candidate for an MFA in Fine Art from Bard College.