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)

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DOC NYC Live event: Happened on Monday, Nov. 16 at 3 ET on Facebook LiveThe 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).  

Director: Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt, Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt
Executive Producer: Marc Côté, Lindsey Dryden, Marc Côté, Lindsey Dryden
Producer: Sarah Spring, Sarah Spring
Writer: Aisling Chin-Yee, Amos Mac, Aisling Chin-Yee, Amos Mac
Cinematographer: Léna Mill-Reuillard, Léna Mill-Reuillard
Editor: Aisling Chin-Yee, Aisling Chin-Yee
Music: Billy Tipton, Rich Aucoin, Billy Tipton, Rich Aucoin
Language: English, English
Country: Canada, Canada
Year: 2020
Sales Agent: Radiant Films