Phil Demers, an eccentric free spirit, becomes an unexpectedly popular trainer at Niagara Falls’ Marineland after forming a bond with the park’s first walrus, Smooshi. For the next decade Demers cares for Smooshi and other animals in...
For decades, the life of American jazz musician Billy Tipton was framed as the sensationalistic story of an ambitious woman passing as a man in pursuit of a music career. Now that history gets re-interrogated by trans artists as they try to reimagine Tipton’s life through acts of performance, reclaiming him as a trans icon. Filmmakers Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt join Tipton’s adopted son to reckon with Tipton’s complicated and contested legacy. No Ordinary Man “is an elegant riff on a classic progression that arrives at something transcendent.” (Indiewire)
Included with the screening ticket is an exclusive pre-recorded Q&A with Director Chase Joynt, subject Marquise Vilsón, immediately following the film.
DOC NYC Live event: Monday, Nov. 16 at 3 ET on Facebook Live– The life of jazz musician and trans culture icon Billy Tipton is explored by filmmakers Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt with memoirist Thomas Page McBee (Man Alive).