Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Watch the trailer for ‘No Ordinary Man’

The true, trans story of jazz musician Billy Tipton.

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 1980s, 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, and in doing so they paint a portrait of a trans culture icon.

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

The film is out on July 16.

Directed by: Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt

Written by: Aisling Chin-Yee and Amos Mac

Produced by: Sarah Spring

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