Happy Birthday, Marsha! is an upcoming short film about the legendary trans activist Marsha “Pay it No Mind” Johnson and the days before the 1969 Stonewall Inn Riots. Honestly, I’m so excited for this film because unlike other films about the same time period and riot, it’s centering the people who were front and center at the time.
Right now, the film is in post production but still needs some funding to help finish up! The people behind the film are Sasha Wortzel and Reina Gossett, two filmmakers who have worked on other projects and with organizations. The two and Luisa Colon, another producer, were interviewed last June about the film and talked about how much they’ve learned from trans legends like Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson.