An award-winning, in-depth look at the life of musician and trans icon Billy Tipton
"The future of trans cinema” – Indiewire.
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.
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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? Beautiful and historically unrivaled, this groundbreaking film shows what is possible when a community collaborates to honor a transgender icon.
The film was followed by a Q&A with co-director Chase Joynt, moderated by Brit Fryer
Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt