NO ORDINARY MAN

84 min., documentary, Québec, Canada, 2020
Directed by
Produced byParabola Films - Sarah Spring
LanguageAnglais

Film details

Synopsis

 

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? No Ordinary Man features leading voices in the trans community, including Marquise Vilsón, Scott Turner Schofield, Susan Stryker, C.Riley Snorton, and Thomas Page McBee, among others.

 

 

Credits

Directed by Aisling Chin-Yee & Chase Joynt

Written by Aisling Chin-Yee & Amos Mac

Produced by Sarah Spring

Cinematography by Léna Mill-Reuillard

Sound Recordist Lynne Trépanier

Edited by Aisling Chin-Yee

Sound Editing by Marie-Pierre Grenier

Music by Billy Tipton and Rich Aucoin 

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