The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
USA | 2017 | Documentary | 105 minutes
Cinematographer and Researcher
Oscar-nominated director David France’s (HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE) documentary centers on self-described “street queen” Marsha P. Johnson, legendary fixture in New York City’s gay ghetto, 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. Mysteriously, Marsha was found floating in the Hudson River in 1992. At the time, the NYPD pegged her death as a suicide, a claim that Marsha’s comrades have always firmly rejected. 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 Marsha P. Johnson, while seeking to finally solve the mystery of her unexplained death. THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and was released on Netflix on October 6, 2017.
USA | 2017 | Documentary | 26 minutes
Co-director, Producer, Cinematographer
POSTURE is a documentary by Daniel A. Nelson and Nathan Bender. This is the story of professed cultural misappropriation, a founder disgraced by sexual harassment charges and the dream of being recognized as the best yoga practitioner in America. POSTURE goes behind the scenes with three yogis in the adult women’s division as they pose their way toward a shot at the national title. Each athlete has more at stake than a congratulatory medal. From chronic illnesses to prosthetic legs, these yogis bring more baggage than just a yoga mat. They also seek victory against those who oppose legitimizing yoga as a sport. For the skeptical yoga purists, the competition is seen as an insensitive detachment from the practice’s spiritual roots. POSTURE premiered at the 2017 Long Island International Film Expo and was released on Yoga Journal on August 24, 2018.