Coming to theatres today, Friday, July 16:
NO ORDINARY MAN
Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt
DOC NYC, AFI Fest, Inside Out, Calgary, Translations, Vancouver, RIDM, Atlantic, NewFest, Sofia, Sydney Mardi Gras, BFI Flare, Salem, Cleveland
The legacy of musician Billy Tipton is brought to life by a diverse group of contemporary trans artists.
The film screened as part of DOC NYC, for which our program notes read:
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.