No Ordinary Man

Friday, July 16 - Thursday, August 5, 2021

With co-director Chase Joynt and interview subject Marquise Vilsón in person Friday following the 7:55pm show, Q&A moderated by film critic Alissa Wilkinson + Q&A on Saturday with Chase Joynt moderated by actor and activist Ellie Desautels following the 7:55pm show!

American jazz musician Billy Tipton developed a reputable touring and recording career in the mid-twentieth century, along with his band The Billy Tipton Trio. After his death in the late 80s, it was revealed that Tipton was assigned female at birth, and his life was swiftly reframed as the story of an ambitious woman passing as a man in pursuit of a music career. The genre-defying documentary NO ORDINARY MAN seeks to correct that misrepresentation by collaborating with trans artists. As they collectively celebrate Tipton’s story as a musician living his life according to his own terms, they paint a portrait of a trans culture icon.

An Oscilloscope Laboratories release.

Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival

Check out the DOC NYC PRO 90-minute case study on NO ORDINARY MAN and cross-border collaboration featuring Canadian directors Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt, American co-writer Amos Mac, and Canadian producer Sarah Spring. Tickets now available, happening July 15th at 1pm ET!

  • Running Time 75 minutes
  • Distributor Oscilloscope
  • Director Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt
  • Writer Aisling Chin-Yee, Amos Mac
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil

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