No Ordinary Man

Queensland Premiere


Director Aisling Chin-Yee & Chase Joynt
Screenwriter Aisling Chin-Yee & Amos Mac
Country Canada
Language English 
Runtime 84min
Year 2020
Genre Documentary / Transgender

InsideOUT, Toronto International Film Festival
"The future of trans cinema. Arrives at something transcendent” — Indiewire

“Contrast this erasure in death with the way the trans actors looking to play him want to honor his life, and ‘No Ordinary Man’ feels like welcome reclamation of a role model from a cisnormative society that’d rather paint him as a trickster. Trans-positive filmmaking is still disappointingly rare, but it’s heartening to see its burgeoning efforts be this strong, vibrant, and celebratory.” — The Spool Review

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 Man, 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?