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Doc about Marsha P. Johnson, a revolutionary trans-activist Stonewall instigator, Andy Warhol model, drag queen, prostitute, and saint.

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Dear Friends, Documentary Film Supporters, Activists, and Admirers of Great Courage,

We are in the final post-production stage of an hour-long documentary about the revolutionary trans-activist Marsha P. Johnson. Marsha P. was a seminal figure in the downtown New York City scene from the ‘60s through the ‘90s. Known as “The Saint Of Christopher Street,” Johnson was an instigator at Stonewall, an Andy Warhol model, and a proud, take-no-nonsense drag queen. 

     We are so close to finishing this inspirational film, and interest in it has been such that we were invited to screen the rough cut version at New York’s IFC Theatre. We want to share this documentary with you, but we need just a little help with some finishing funds to help us pay for archival video clips, historical photographs, a sound mix, videotape stock, digital transfers, and a few film festival application fees (programmers are already interested in the film).  

     Antony, founder of the musical group Antony and the Johnsons has generously donated his music and contribution gifts to make this documentary a reality. (And for those of you that didn't already know, Antony originally named his band in honor of the documentary's subject, Marsha P. Johnson.)  

     This historic documentary includes interviews with performer Agosto Machado, author Michael Musto, performer/director Jimmy Camicia, Warhol superstar and poet Taylor Mead, and the Stonewall Uprising historian David Carter, among many others.

Please help us to tell this vital, entertaining, and moving story. 

Everyone working on this film has donated their labor. We just need a small financial push to get Marsha’s story out to the world, where it rightly belongs.

Thank you for your love.

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    and you will receive a thank you on our website for your help Kickstarting us.

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    and you will receive a filmmaker-autographed DVD of the finished documentary. And a thank you on our website.

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    and you will receive a signed copy of Antony and the Johnson's Swanlights, including the songs: Everything Is New * The Great White Ocean * Ghost * I'm In Love * Violetta * Swanlights * The Spirit Was Gone * Thank You For Your Love * Flétta * Salt Silver Oxygen * Christina's Farm.

    This special edition of Swanlights includes the CD inside a 144-page art book containing Antony's paintings, collages, photography and writing.

    The album and book are a continuation of Antony's work exploring environmental issues and his connection to the natural world.
    A personal gift from Antony to you, signed by Antony himself. (Antony has also generously donated his music to this documentary.)

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    and you will receive a filmmaker-signed, limited edition DVD of the finished hour-long documentary with a special video afterwords by Antony, (of the musical group, Antony and the Johnsons).
    In this afterwords Antony explains why he named his musical group after Marsha P. Johnson, and why Marsha's life holds such a special importance to him.

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    and you will receive a "thank you" in the credits of the finished documentary. And you will also receive the filmmaker signed documentary on DVD. (The one with a special afterwords by Antony, of the musical group, Antony and the Johnsons.)

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    and you will receive a signed, (limited edition of 10), Digital C-print, (printed in 2012), black and white, unframed, archive paper quality, photographic portrait of Marsha P. Johnson, (11x14) by the esteemed photographer, Richard Shupper.
    Each photo portrait is signed, dated, and numbered. The photo can be seen at 2:14 within the above video on this page.

    Rick's other photographic work can be also be seen at: http://www.sideshowstudio.com/

    And you will also receive a "thank you" in the credits of the finished documentary. And the finished, filmmaker-signed documentary on DVD. (The DVD with the afterwords by Antony, of Antony and the Johnsons.)

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    and you will receive an Executive Producer credit at the very beginning of the documentary.

    And you will also receive the finished, filmmaker signed documentary on DVD. (The DVD with a special afterwords by Antony, of the musical group, Antony and the Johnsons).

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