No Ordinary Man
No Ordinary Man

No Ordinary Man

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Music Film

No Ordinary Man

Directed by: Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt

Canada, 2020, 80m

Florida Theatrical Premiere

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The legacy of Billy Tipton, a 20th-century American jazz musician, is brought to the screen by a diverse group of contemporary trans artists. For decades, Tipton’s life was framed as the story of an ambitious woman passing as a man in pursuit of a music career. This thoughtful, timely documentary embraces the challenge of bringing Tipton’s words to life, reimagining his narrative through modern trans performers as they collectively paint a portrait of a posthumous trans icon. Revealing their own stories of transitioning and laying bare their personal journeys, each individual reckons with their own singular path towards self-recognition, creating a unique tapestry of trans expression as we’ve never seen it before. Together, the filmmakers and the cast join Tipton’s son, Billy Jr., to deal 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?  Complicated, beautiful, and historically unrivaled, this groundbreaking film shows what is possible when a community collaborates to honor the life of an unlikely hero.

preceded by

Jesse Jams

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A rock ‘n’ roll survival story of a different sort: a young, Indigenous, transgender man—together with his rock band—bring “mumblepunk” to the Interstellar Rodeo in this new film from Trevor Anderson (“Docking,” FFF 2019).

Canada, 2020, 16m, Directed by Trevor Anderson

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