No Ordinary Man

/ / 2020, Feature Films, Virtual

Virtual Showing 
2020 | Canada | 48 min | Documentary
Directors: Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt
Producer: Sarah Spring

For decades, the life of American Jazz musician Billy Tipton was framed as the story of an ambitious woman passing as a man in pursuit of a music career. In NO ORDINARY MAN, Tipton’s story is re-imagined and performed by trans artists as they collectively paint a portrait of an unlikely hero. Together, the filmmakers join Tipton’s son Billy Jr. to reckon with a complicated and contested legacy: how do you tell the story of someone who was hiding in plain sight yet desperate to be seen?