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)
DOC NYC Live event: Happened on 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).