No Ordinary Man Screenshot. A black and white photo of a Jazz trio

by Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt

(Canada, 2020, 84 min., Captioned and Audio Described in English)

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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 May, 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? No Ordinary Man is an in-depth look at the life of musician and trans culture icon Billy Tipton. Complicated, beautiful and historically unrivaled, this groundbreaking film shows what is possible when a community collaborates to honor the legacy of an unlikely hero.

No Ordinary Man Trailer

Aisling Chin-Yee is an award-winning producer, writer, and director based in Montreal, Canada and Los Angeles, California. Aisling was named one of Canada’s Rising Film Stars by Now Magazine 2019. In 2021, New Yorker Magazine hailed her latest work as “a genre unto itself”. Her feature film directorial debut, The Rest of Us, starring Heather Graham, Sophie Nélisse and Jodi Balfour,premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival 2019 As a producer for over a decade, Aisling has been lauded for her fresh and unapologetic vision in both feature films and documentaries. Aisling is a Berlinale Talent Alumni, a Rotterdam Producer’s Network Alumni, a Tribeca Film Institute Alumni, TIFF Filmmaker Lab, and was part of the prestigious Academy Women Directors’ Program in 2017.

Chase Joynt is a transgender moving-image artist and writer whose films have won jury and audience awards internationally. His latest short film, Framing Agnes, premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, won the Audience Award at Outfest in Los Angeles, and is being developed into a feature film with support from Telefilm Canada’s Talent to Watch program. Awarded the EP Canada/Canada Film Capital Award for Emerging Canadian Artist, Joynt’s first book You Only Live Twice (co-authored with Mike Hoolboom) was a 2017 Lambda Literary Award Finalist and named one of the best books of the year by The Globe and Mail and CBC.