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No Ordinary Man

Directors Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt
Year 2020
Run Time 80min
Genre Documentary

Billy Tipton, a 20th Century jazz musician became a trans icon after his death, and his legacy continues to be carried forward by trans artists to this day. Featuring a unique documentary structure, the film uses an audition session for a proposed biopic about Tipton as a jumping off point for a group of contemporary trans artists to explore what Tipton has meant to them, and to share stories about their own lives and experiences.

Also featuring interviews with Tipton’s family, Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt’s remarkable tribute to a misunderstood artist was named one of Canada’s Top 10 in 2020.

"Approaching Tipton’s story with the free hand of an improvised jazz set, No Ordinary Man is an elegant riff on a classic progression that arrives at something transcendent." - Jude Dry, Indiewire


Aisling Chin-Yee

Chin-Yee is an award-winning producer, writer and director. She has directed the shorts Sound Asleep and Synesthesia. Her feature directorial debut, The Rest of Us, premiered at TIFF 2019 and she is currently directing the series Plan B.

Chase Joynt

Joynt is an award-winning director and writer. His first book, You Only Live Twice, was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist. He recently directed Framing Agnes, which played at Sundance and Hot Docs, and he is starring in John Greyson’s upcoming film, Door Prize.


Aisling Chin-Yee, Amos Mac


Billy Tipton Jr.


Sarah Spring




Arts and Culture, Biography, Female Filmmaker, History, LGBTQ2S+, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language


Canadian Distributor