We’ve already made it pretty clear that we’re not fans of Roland Emmerich’s “Stonewall,” but we thought we make proactive suggestion in the wake of it opening this weekend: Watch “Pay It No Mind: The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson,” Michael Kasino’s 2012 documentary. It’s available for free online via Frameline Voices, and we have it posted in full below. It will give you a substantially more effective window into the times of Stonewall.
Here’s the synopsis:
This feature-length documentary focuses on revolutionary trans-activist, Marsha “Pay it No Mind” Johnson who was a Stonewall instigator, Andy Warhol model, drag queen, sex worker, starving actress, and Saint. With her final interview from 1992, director Michael Kasino captures the legendary gay/human rights activist as she recounts her life at the forefront of The Stonewall Riots in the 1960s, the creation of S.T.A.R. (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries) with Sylvia Rivera in the ’70s, and a New York City activist throughout the ’80s and early ’90s. Through her own words, as well as in-depth interviews with gay activist Randy Wicker, former Cockettes performer Agosto Machado, Author Michael Musto, Hot Peaches founder/performer, Jimmy Camicia, and Stonewall Activists Bob Kohler, Danny Garvin, Tommy Lanigan-Schmidt, and Martin Boyce, Marsha’s tale lives on.